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Caltrans asks Public to Help Save Millions Spent on Clearing Roads of Litter and Debris


Caltrans News Flash #170

Date:May 7, 2018
District:Headquarters
Contact:Patrick Olsen
Phone:(916) 654-3633
Contact:Tamie McGowen
Phone:(916) 657-5060

SACRAMENTO — Last year, the cost of clearing litter and debris from the state highway system exceeded $69 million. Not only is litter preventable, but cleanup activities drain valuable resources that could be focused elsewhere. The debris itself can also create safety hazards for both motorists and Caltrans Maintenance crews.

In the latest Caltrans News Flash, motorists are asked to be part of the solution by not littering California's roads in the first place.

"The negative impacts of litter reach beyond cleanup costs and safety hazards. Road debris can clog storm drains and cause flooding, and trash like cigarette butts can pollute our waterways."

Laurie Berman, Director, Caltrans

Caltrans also fights litter by partnering with groups like the Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) Program, whose estimated 11,000 volunteers picked up more than 10,000 cubic yards of litter from California's roadsides last year – enough to fill 650 garbage trucks. In addition, partners such as the Caltrans Parolee Work Crew Program and a newly-formed Caltrans Veterans Outreach Program round out Caltrans Maintenance's year-round litter clearing efforts.

If you are interested in volunteering your services or sponsoring one of the 3,000 AAH groups, please call 1-866-ADOPT-A-HWY or go to: http://adopt-a-highway.dot.ca.gov to learn how to become involved.

This video can also be viewed at: https://youtu.be/s5C84nbZxcQ.

This Caltrans News Flash is the 170th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability.To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit Caltrans News Flash on YouTube (http://bit.ly/1ez3LYz).

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