District 1 Clean California
Envisioning What’s Possible
Trash has plagued California’s streets and highways for decades. Clean California proposes significant investments in litter collection, community engagement and education to ultimately transform unsightly roadsides into spaces of pride for all Californians. This is truly a statewide effort with potential projects in all 58 counties and with a third of the funds going directly to cities, counties, tribes and transit agencies to clean local streets and public spaces.
For more information about Clean California, including California’s Adopt-A-Highway program, local grant programs, and career opportunities, or to submit a Customer Service Request (CSR) form to report litter, graffiti or maintenance issues, please visit Clean CA.
Create career opportunities and jobs for veterans, students, artists, people experiencing homelessness, and also for those re-entering society from incarceration
Significantly reduce litter along state highways, local roads, tribal land, parks, pathways and transit centers
Beautify our state’s transportation network through art and litter clean-up projects in underserved, rural and urban communities throughout the state
District 1 Clean California Programs
The Clean California Local Grant Program is funded with approximately $296 million for local communities to beautify and improve local streets, roads, tribal lands, parks, pathways, and transit centers. Visit Clean California's Local Grants page for information about the projects and details about the grant process.
Caltrans will locally fund seven projects in District 1 to remove trash, create jobs, and engage communities to transform local spaces. The grants are part of Governor Newsom's Clean California initiative, a sweeping $1.1 billion, multiyear clean-up effort led by Caltrans.
Local partners were able to secure $11.5 million in grant funding for community enhancements to beautify public spaces in District 1.
District 1 Clean California Local Grant Program Projects:
- City of Clearlake's Downtown Beautification and Clean-up will benefit an underserved area by upgrading safety features and mitigating litter and illegal dumping issues.
- City of Rio Dell's Gateway Beautification project adds a sense of community by updating the town's main street by replacing unhealthy trees in the median, upgrading the irrigation, and revitalizing a local park.
- City of Rio Dell's Eel River Trail project develops a 1/4-mile, shared-use path along the river in an underserved community in Humboldt County by providing the first designated public access to Eel River in the city.
- County of Lake's Beautification Initiative project provides upgrades to county parks including restrooms, public art, shade structures, and benches. In addition, educational campaigns to maintain county parks as a means of health and wellness in an underserved area.
- Hoopa Valley Tribe Council's Hoopa Four Project focuses on debris removal, beautification, rehabilitation, and enhancement to community parks for ADA accessibility and community recreation. The project supports community pride and well-being in a historically underserved community in Humboldt County.
- Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District's Peninsula Beautification Project enhances public spaces and increases the number of locations residents can safely enjoy in a community the struggles with illegal dumping and other illicit activities that create a sense of discomfort for residents. The project will increase access points to beaches and local trails for safe recreational opportunities.
- The Manchester Band of Pomo Indians' Tribal Clean-up project focuses on beautifying tribal lands through waste removal and vegetation rehabilitation in a historically underserved, low-income community in Mendocino County. The project includes removing abandoned vehicles and overgrown vegetation to provide a healthier environment for transit, walking, and recreation.
These local projects are in addition to the $312 million for 126 beautification projects along the state highway system.
District 1 Events
Annual Litter Clean Up Day
Thursday, May 26
Xaa-wan'-k'wvt Village & Resort
12420 US Hwy 101, Smith River
Enter from Lopez Street
Smith River Dump Day Poster
Orick Dump Day
Saturday, April 30 9 AM - 1 PM (or until capacity is reached)
Old Mill Site on Bald Hills Road off Hwy 101
Saturday, April 23, 10 AM - 2 PM (or until capacity is reached)
Ukiah Railroad Depot Lot - Tires Only
Lakeport C&S Waste Transfer Station - Tires, Mattresses, and Furniture
Clearlake SLRR Recycling Center - Tires, Mattresses, and Furniture
Vance Parklet Groundbreaking
Thursday, April 14, 10 AM
Intersection of State Route 255 and Vance Avenue in Manila.
Celebrate the first Clean California State Beautification Project to break ground in the state!
District 1 Frequently Asked Questions
Caltrans removed 267,000 cubic yards of trash in 2020 — enough to fill 18,000 garbage trucks. Clean California will remove an additional 1.2 million cubic yards, or 21,000 tons, of trash from the state system alone.
This much trash:
- Fills 81,000 garbage trucks
- Fills the Rose Bowl 3 times
- Fills enough trash bags to cross 3,000 miles — the length of the U.S. from east to west
- Weighs the equivalent of 135 Statues of Liberty
These figures are only for trash on the state highway system and does not include local litter collection.
$418M: Litter Abatement over three years
$287M: State Beautification Projects over two years
$296M: Local Beautification Projects over two years
$33M: Public Education over two years
$62M: Project Design, Construction, Local Support and Engagement
Caltrans estimates that Clean California will create an estimated 10,000-11,000 jobs over three years, including state jobs and opportunities for people experiencing homelessness, at-risk youth, and people re-entering society following incarceration.
Key Action Areas
1. Engage & Invest In Communities
Create jobs and support local artists while cleaning and beautifying local roads through community grants.
Drive a cultural shift of shared responsibility for the cleanliness of our roadways through litter prevention education campaigns that focus on properly throwing away trash and the impact littering has on natural resources, waterways, public safety and health.
3. Expand Litter Pick-Up
Significantly reduce trash from state highways and local roads by strengthening trash collection by Caltrans, community service programs and local volunteers. Increase access to waste facilities and provide free monthly disposal sites throughout the state.
4. Enhance Infrastructure
Implement sustainable beautification projects that improve safety and transform dividing highways into spaces that unify communities..