For Immediate ReleaseOctober 24, 2018
Popup event provides tarps and education to drivers in effort to cut pollution
San Rafael, CA – Roadway litter is a significant pollutant of the waterways of Marin and the greater Bay Area. In an effort to help eliminate trash and debris from the roadway, the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTOPPP) hosted a Tarp Your Load event October 18 at the Marin Recycling Center in San Rafael.
No fines were handed out at the event. Drivers entering the recycling center with poorly secured loads were reminded of the public safety hazard and pollution risk. Instead of a ticket, drivers received a free tarp to cover their next load. Out on the road, the CHP may not be so lenient.
Caltrans reported that it spent $67 million to remove 142,000 cubic yards of trash and debris from the highways in 2016. That is the capacity of over 4,000 large garbage trucks or a 100-mile-long line of pickup trucks.
“We need residents to help us reduce litter by properly securing and tarping their load before driving,” said Rob Carson, the County’s Stormwater Program Administrator. “Most people don’t want to see trash on their drive home. We need to get the word out that properly securing your load is the responsible thing to do, it’s the law, and it protects our environment.”
MCSTOPPP is a joint effort of Marin’s cities, towns and the County of Marin, which works to reduce or stop pollutants from washing off urban areas into storm drains, creeks, bays and the ocean. Not only is trash an unsightly road hazard, it pollutes waterways and harms wildlife.
MCSTOPPP’s Tarp Your Load partners include Marin Clean Highways, California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, Marin Sanitary Service, Marin County Supervisors Kathrin Sears and Damon Connolly, Senator Mark McGuire, and Assemblyman Marc Levine. The event is sponsored in part by Jackson’s Hardware, San Rafael McDonald’s, and Marin Builder’s Association.
To volunteer in this effort, please contact Will Stockard at MCSTOPPP. To learn about the many ways you can reduce pollutants in our waterways, visit the MCSTOPPP website. For information on past events, visit Marin Clean Highways.
Rob CarsonStormwater Program AdministratorPublic Works
3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 304San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-2745Email: Rob CarsonMCSTOPPP webpage