Did you know?
- Each year, 30 billion gallons of polluted stormwater and runoff ends up in the ocean — 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, potential deleterious impacts are huge.
When not handled properly, waste generated at restaurants, like food scraps, fats, oils, grease, and other waste can end up in our stormdrain system. The proper management of these waste 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.
Ways to reduce your impact on stormwater:
- Never, ever litter
- Say “No Thank You” to straws and polystyrene (Styrofoam)
- Keep trash can lids shut
- Clean up your pet waste
- Fix car leaks, right away
- Wash the car at a carwash or on the grass, not on pavement
- Ditch the car — take public transportation or ride a bike
- Use reusable bags when shopping
- Don’t dump oil & grease from cooking down the drain
- When dining out, look for a Clean Bay Certified logo in the window of the restaurant. By supporting these establishments, you support a clean ocean!
Use the interactive map above or click the links below to find restaurants that support a clean ocean.
- Santa Monica
- Culver City
- Manhattan Beach
- Hermosa Beach
- Redondo Beach
- Rancho Palos Verdes
- Palos Verdes Estates
- Rolling Hills Estates
Clean Bay Certified Resources:
- Get certified by complying with the 36-point inspection checklist
- Learn more about eco-business practices with our Clean Bay Restaurant Certification Handbook
- Want another reason to join the program?! Check out our recent support letter from the Regional Water Quality Control Board
For more information, contact us HERE.
Visit our In the News page for stories on this program and connect with us on social media via #cleanbaycertified and #cleanbayeats