Caltrans to Host Free Debris Disposal & Holiday Food Drive Event in San Diego Saturday, 12/14


Clean California - A transformative initiative to remove litter, create jobs and beautify California

District: District 11 – San Diego and Imperial Counties
Contact: Nicholas Buenviaje •
Phone: (619) 688-6670

SAN DIEGO– Caltrans welcomes the public to bring household waste and approved debris free of charge to the Clean California “Holiday Dump & Donate” Event in Kearny Mesa. Staff will be on-site to accept unwanted items, as well as collect voluntary food donations for the San Diego Food Bank’s Holiday Food Drive. 

• 7179 Opportunity Rd., San Diego CA 92111 - Caltrans Kearny Mesa Maintenance Yard
Saturday December 17, from 8 A.M. to 12 P.M. (*or until capacity is reached at the site)

The dump day event is part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Clean California initiative, a sweeping $1.2 billion, multiyear clean-up effort led by Caltrans to keep roads and waterways free of litter, create thousands of jobs and transform state and local public spaces through beautification efforts. As part of the litter collection component, Caltrans is hosting free dump day events where the public can dispose of household waste safely and properly for free to decrease highway debris and illegal dumping. Caltrans District 11 has held more than 25 such events in San Diego and Imperial Counties since launching Clean California in Summer 2021.

Prohibited items that will not be accepted include hazardous waste (batteries, paint, oils, flammables, etc.), construction debris (concrete, dirt, asphalt, asbestos), compressed gas, aerosols, treated wood waste, refrigerators, and freezers. Four mattresses and four tires separated from the rims will be accepted per household. 

Scheduled events and prohibited items are subject to change. For more information and prohibited items please visit or contact

The San Diego Food Bank’s Holiday Food Drive is in need of canned items like meats, soup, vegetables, and fruit, dry or canned beans, cereals, rice, peanut butter, powdered milk, pasta, and infant formula. Healthier alternatives are encouraged, and glass containers and home-made items cannot be accepted. For more information, please visit

Caltrans reminds motorists to properly secure and tarp all cargo loads prior to driving. Transporting unsecured loads is unsafe, illegal, and pollutes California's roads and waterways. Loads that are not tied down, enclosed, or secured by tarps or other means, will not be accepted.

To learn more about how Clean California is transforming communities and how you can get involved, visit,, or follow @SDCaltrans on Facebook and Twitter.