Stormwater - Litter and Trash

Trash clogging a storm drain inlet.Litter and trash are among the many common stormwater pollutants that can degrade water quality.  Besides being unsightly, litter and trash can cause stormwater blockages of pipe and cause flooding.  Trash also  can harm aquatic life such as fish and frogs. 

Your Regulatory Requirements - County of San Diego, Stormwater Ordinance

What can I do?
Use Best Management Practices (BMPs)! 
BMPs are techniques or controls used to prevent or reduce the discharge of pollutants, such as litter and trash, into the stormwater conveyance system also known as the storm drain system.

Helpful Information and Documents:
General Stormwater BMP Brochure
CASQA BMP Handbooks
Pollutant Impacts on Water Quality
San Diego County Wastewater Agencies 

Tip: Place trash containers out only on collection day and keep covered at all times.

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If you have questions or would like additional information, 
call the County Stormwater hotline at 1(888) 846-0800
or e-mail us at

Report a Stormwater Violation On-Line
Department of Public Works
Watershed Protection Program
5510 Overland Ave., Suite 410, MS O326
San Diego,  CA  92123,  USA
(858) 495-5318           Fax: (858) 495-5263