California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: May 1, 2015
District: Headquarters
Contact:  Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

Caltrans Highlights Statewide Efforts to Combat Rising Tide of Litter

SACRAMENTO – In this Caltrans News Flash, Caltrans highlights the problem of statewide litter, and the $63 million annual cost required to keep California's roadways clean.

In this episode, we join Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, who led a team of executive management April 23 on a litter pickup on Highway 99 in Sacramento, and Rudy Contreras, a Caltrans employee who got his start as part of the Parolee Work Crew Program. The program gives parolees a paying job and skills training, while working with Caltrans crews, to maintain the roadway. Contreras excelled, graduating from the program and ultimately becoming a full-time Caltrans employee, commuting 100 miles daily from Fresno to Bakersfield.

The parolee program has also benefitted California as a whole, recently picking up its 1 millionth bag of litter since its 2009 launch. But ultimately, the problem of litter is one in which all of us have a vital part to play.

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This News Flash is 27th in a series of videos highlighting the Caltrans' activities that keep California's transportation system moving forward.

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