District 7 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.
Cities for Landscape Design
- Clean California El Monte Public Engagement Meeting (October 12, 2021 @ 5:30pm)
- Clean California El Monte Public Engagement Meeting video (English)
- Clean California El Monte Public Engagement Meeting video (Spanish)
- El Monte Community Visual Preference Survey
|Create career opportunities and jobs for veterans, students, artists, people experiencing homelessness, and 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 undeserved, rural and urban communities throughout the state
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.