California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Caltrans Tamie McGowen (916) 653-5456
CHP Fran Clader (916) 208-5974

May 19 , 2006  


Sacramento – Employees from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are holding a friendly “trash-off” event on Saturday to increase public awareness of the litter problem on our highways. Among the participants will be Caltrans Director Will Kempton and CHP Deputy Commissioner Joe Farrow.

The competition begins at 9:00 a.m. and will pit the CHP against Caltrans to see who can collect the most trash from a westbound section of Highway 50 between Hazel Avenue and Sunrise Boulevard in Sacramento.

“Litter is a statewide problem, and we are actively working to improve our anti-litter efforts and to enlist the public’s help in resolving the issue,” said Caltrans Director Will Kempton.

"Littering is not only a serious blight on the landscape, but often a traffic safety issue and a threat to public safety," said CHP Deputy Commissioner Joe Farrow.

Last year, over $40 million tax dollars were spent removing trash that was carelessly tossed, lost, or dumped onto California’s roadsides. Last year, we collected more than 140,000 cubic yards of trash – to put that into perspective, you could dig a hole a mile long, 25-feet wide and almost 30-feet deep and full it full of trash.

And, each year, several thousand accidents are caused by debris in the roadway.

The public can also help to pickup trash once it reaches the roadside by participating in the Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program. Groups can volunteer to pick up litter or they can hire a maintenance provider to perform the work on their behalf. For more information about the Adopt-A-Highway Program, call toll free 1-866-ADOPTAHWY, or find information on the Internet at