Did you know?
- 30 billion gallons of stormwater and runoff drains from the Santa Monica Bay Watershed to the ocean per year, impacting humans, marine life, and the water’s chemistry.
- An average restaurant uses 300,000 gallons of water per year, enough water to fill a 25-meter swimming pool
- An average restaurant throws away 150,000 pounds of garbage per year, equivalent to the weight of ten Tyrannosaurus rex
Considering there are nearly 30,000 restaurants, bars, and eateries in the Santa Monica Bay Watershed, cumulative impacts are huge.
When not handled properly, waste generated at food service establishments, like food scraps, fats, oils, grease, and other waste can end up in our stormdrain system. The proper management of these wastes can make a significant difference in the health of Santa Monica Bay.
In 2008, we launched the Clean Bay Restaurant Certification Program (aka Clean Bay Certified) to recognize restaurants that integrate sustainability and ocean-mindedness into their business practices. Our specific mission is to improve water quality by reducing stormwater runoff pollution generated by restaurant activities. We accomplish our goals through rigorous inspections, collaboration with local cities, and direct outreach to the public. You can find Clean Bay Certified restaurants in Malibu, Santa Monica, Culver City, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, and Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, and Rolling Hills Estates.
Question: Why do landfills stink? Answer: Organic matter decomposing without oxygen (anaerobic) releases methane gas – a greenhouse gas 25 times more efficient at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. Hence, landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States. Organic waste amounts to a third of the volume tossed into California’s landfills. Restaurants are a significant contributor: the average restaurant discards 50,000 pounds of garbage annually, half of which is food waste. In 2014, California’s restaurant industry collectively disposed of 3 million tons of waste. Fifty percent of that – 1.5 million tons – could have been diverted from landfills and composted, dramatically cutting methane released into the atmosphere (CalRecycle 2015). Wild right? Click here to see how The Bay Foundation is diverting restaurant food waste with Table to Farm Composting.
Use the interactive map or click the links below to find restaurants that support a clean ocean. Out and about? Spot a Clean Bay Certified restaurant via the logo above.
- Santa Monica
- Culver City
- Manhattan Beach
- Hermosa Beach
- Redondo Beach
- Rancho Palos Verdes
- Palos Verdes Estates
- Rolling Hills Estates
Visit our In the News page for stories on this program and connect with us on social media via #cleanbaycertified and #cleanbayeats