Bay Area-Wide Trash Capture Demonstration Project

Final Project Report Now Available

SFEP’s trash capture demonstration project concluded, according to grant guidelines, in November 2013. The project installed 4,003 trash capture devices, including 42 high-capacity devices, in more than 60 Bay Area municipalities, including cities, towns, and unincorporated county areas. Federal stimulus funds (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) and state bond funds provided $4,245,000 in construction funds, all of which we expended.

Funded with $5 million in federal stimulus funds (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) and California state bond funds (from Propositions 13, 50, and 40), the project was designed to give Bay Areas municipalities experience with different types of trash capture devices, which they will need to install in local storm drainage infrastructure in order to comply with the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit, adopted in 2009.

Final Project Report (pdf, 1.7 MB)
Appendix I: Trash Capture Devices Offered Through the Project (pdf, 5.8 MB)
Appendix II: Bay Area Trash Tracker Screen Shots and Project Forms (pdf, 1.9 MB)
Appendix III: Example Purchase Order Package (pdf, 313 KB)
Appendix IV: Example Notice of Acceptance (pdf, 108 MB)
Appendix V: Project Budget, Funding Allocation, and Contracts (pdf, 7.8 MB)
Appendix VI: References  (pdf, 110 KB)
Appendix VII: List of Subcontractors (pdf, 120 KB)

Project approach

Funds were awarded to SFEP in late 2009. To initiate the project, SFEP contracted with 12 suppliers of trash capture devices, large and small, which the San Francisco Bay Water Quality Control Board certified as “Full Trash Capture” — in other words these devices trap trash and other particles down to 5mm in size. Municipalities selected devices from the approved list for local installation, maintenance, and monitoring.

This collaborative, regional project was a joint effort of SFEP; the municipalities; SFEP’s parent agency, the Association of Bay Area Governments; the San Francisco Bay Water Board, the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association (BASMAA); and the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Financial Assistance. More than 60 Bay Area towns, cities, and counties participated in the project:


Alameda County Livermore Pleasant Hill
Antioch Lafayette Pleasanton
American Canyon Los Altos Richmond
Berkeley Los Gatos San Bruno
Belmont Martinez San Carlos
Brentwood Menlo Park San Jose
Brisbane Milpitas San Leandro
Burlingame Millbrae San Mateo
Campbell Monte Sereno San Mateo County
Clayton Moraga San Pablo
Colma Mountain View San Ramon
Concord Napa/Napa County Santa Clara
Contra Costa County Newark Santa Clara County
Cupertino Oakland Saratoga
Danville Oakley Sonoma
Dublin Pacifica South San Francisco
East Palo Alto Palo Alto Suisun City
El Cerrito Piedmont Sunnyvale
Fairfield Pinole Union City
Fremont Pittsburg Vallejo Sanitation and Flood Control District
Half Moon Bay Pleasanton Walnut Creek
Hayward Redwood City