Archive » March 27, 2008
AMERICAN CLEAN-UP DAY SUCCESS
By SYVJ Staff
American clean-up day bagged a success
The Second Annual Great American Clean-Up Day bagged a success!
As part of the statewide ‘Don’t Trash California Campaign,’ the Central Coast Caltrans office conducted an anti-litter campaign earlier this month during which maintenance crews and Adopt-a-Highway groups throughout the district cleared debris from highways.
“This campaign is off to a great start, and in addition to litter cleanup, we’ve included brush and graffiti removal, but we can’t do it without the public’s help,” said Caltrans District 5 Director Rich Krumholz.
“We continue to ask that the public do their part to cover their loads and keep trash inside their vehicles to ensure the beauty and the environment surrounding our highways,” he said.
Annually, Caltrans spends about $55 million in the anti-litter effort statewide, and the figures continue to grow as its crews and Adopt-A-Highway groups gather litter.
On the Central Coast, Caltrans has spent $66,500 this year on litter removal, and has picked up 396 cubic yards, or 2,779 bags, of trash.
All trash — including plastic grocery bags, food containers and cigarette butts — must be disposed of in a proper trash container. Once on our roadway, litter travels into storm drains and waterways and pollutes rivers, lakes and the ocean. It’s also a visual blight and can be a safety hazard, a Caltrans spokesman said.
Highway littering carries fines up to $1,000, enforced by the CHP.