Caltrans to Hold Clean California Free Dump Day


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DistrictDistrict 3 - Marysville
ContactDennis Keaton
Phone:  530-741-4572



SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is offering a free Dump Day for residents and visitors to the area on Saturday at two locations in Sacramento County: Elk Grove and Natomas.

This event is part of the Clean California program to encourage responsible trash-handling practices and disposing of waste materials safely and properly.

"The best way to keep California clean is not to trash it in the first place,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “Clean California’s goal is to make sure trash never ends up on our roadsides, highways and waterways, and these Dump Day events are giving folks a chance to help make that happen by disposing of their items safely, properly, and at no cost.”

The free Dump Day will take place on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Caltrans will have staff on site with the California Highway Patrol to accept household waste and approved debris at no charge at the following locations in Sacramento County:

  • Elk Grove Maintenance Station – 9087 Elkmont Drive, Elk Grove CA 95624
  • Northgate Maintenance Station – 3940 Rosin Court, Sacramento CA 95834

Dump Day collection is limited to items such as tires, metal, plastic, fiberglass, fabric, glass, asphalt, dirt, concrete, wood, mattresses, household appliances and landscape trimmings. No treated wood waste or asbestos of any type will be accepted at the event.

The following items will be accepted on a limited basis:

  • Hazardous waste (up to 5 gallons and in sealed containers) including paint, batteries, oils, and chemicals
  • E-waste (up to 4) including televisions, computer monitors and accessories, stereo equipment, microwaves, and other electronics
  • Tires (up to 6 per event)
  • Concrete, dirt, rocks, asphalt, sand, brick and other construction materials (up to a half-yard)

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/secured by tarps/nets or enclosed will not be accepted.

Tips for securing your load:

  • Completely cover loads with tarps or cargo nets. Debris can escape from gaps.
  • Remove loose material and trash before driving.
  • Don't overload; keep materials level with your truck bed.
  • Put light items lower, tie large items to the vehicle for traffic safety.

Part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s California Comeback Plan, Clean California is a sweeping $1.1 billion, multiyear cleanup effort to remove trash, create thousands of jobs and engage communities to transform roadsides and restore pride in public spaces.

Visit CleanCA for more information.