When it comes to trash that ends up in San Francisco Bay – candy wrappers, plastic bags, cigarette butts – Piedmont scores well in terms of total volume, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News.
Piedmont ranks in the bottom 10 (No. 65 out of 73 communities) in the volume of litter that reaches the bay via storm drains and creeks, with an estimated 2,362 gallons a year, the article says.
Per capita, though, Piedmont doesn't fare as well. Annually, the city sends an estimated 220 gallons of junk per 1,000 residents into the bay, according to Mercury News figures. That places it squarely in the middle of the pack.
Alameda, one of the 10 best-performing cities on a per capita basis, contributes only 119 gallons per 1,000 people. Albany made the best-performing bottom 10 in both categories, total volume and per capita.
The figures are based on a study by the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association. The state has ordered Bay Area cities and counties to reduce the the amount of trash reaching the bay by 40 percent within the next two years.
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