Business Community

Surface Cleaning Procedures to Protect Local Creeks and San Francisco Bay

Wash water from surface cleaning carries pollutants that can harm wildlife that depend on healthy waterways for survival. Only rain should go down the storm drain!

Cigarette Butt Litter Reduction

Cigarettes make up more than one-third of all collected litter and many of them end up in storm drains that flow to our creeks and into the Bay. Not only that, improper disposal of cigarette butts has caused fires in Dublin. Prevent cigarette butt litter and lower the fire risk at your business: 

  • Order and place cigarette butt containers where smokers must stop smoking before going inside.
  • Put up signage: Simple signs, decals, or stickers should go in areas where people smoke and near cigarette butt bins.
  • Educate and remind employees and the public:
    • Develop or implement a smoking policy in the workplace.
    • Ask employees for a verbal or signed pledge to use the provided container for cigarette butts.

Parking Lot Maintenance

Regular maintenance is an important way to extend the useful life of any item and is especially true of parking lots. It is critical to maintain parking lots to avoid costly reconstruction, which if needed may trigger requirements to install stormwater treatment systems such as bioretention areas. Learn more about stormwater protection responsibilities for parking lot pavement maintenance here

Interested in volunteering? Businesses can organize a group volunteer day with Living Arroyos or Adopt-a-Creek-Spot.