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Clean Bay Certified

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In the Santa Monica Bay, there are nearly 30,000 restaurants, bars, and eateries.

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 T-Rex’s.  

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 huge difference in the health of the 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, collaborations with local cities, and direct outreach to the public.

Restaurants can get Clean Bay Certified by complying with 100% of the Program’s requirements (click here to see the 36-point inspection checklist).  These requirements include: lock dumpsters lids, label stormdrains, use non-toxic cleaning products, avoid plastic bags, and conserve water.  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.

Use the interactive map above or click the links below to find restaurants that support a clean ocean.

To find out how your restaurant or city can participate, please contact us HERE.  Download the Restaurant Certification Handbook to learn more about eco-business practices.

Visit our In the News page for stories on this program and connect with us on social media via #cleanbaycertified and #cleanbayeats