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Caltrans News Release

District 11

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Contact: Caltrans Media Information Officer Edward Cartagena, (619) 688-6670

Don’t Trash California Day

Statewide Highway Cleanups Under Way

SAN DIEGO –– Caltrans Maintenance Supervisor for San Diego and Imperial counties Ray Aguiar and volunteers from several east San Diego County Adopt-A-Highway groups gathered this morning at the eastbound I-8 Fuerte Drive Park and Ride to get the word out that today is Don’t Trash California Day.

State highway maintenance crews and Adopt-A-Highway volunteers are devoting the day to an all-out effort to remove litter from California highways. The statewide cleanup day is part of ongoing efforts to remind motorists to secure vehicle loads and to properly dispose of trash.

“How many of you have ever had to swerve around an object that was littered on a state highway?” Aguiar asked. “Litter is not only unsightly, it is a safety concern for highway workers who must remove it on our busy highways, for travelers, and for wildlife and the public when it pollutes our waterways.”

According to Aguiar, ladders and mattresses are among the most common items removed from the highways. He emphasized the need to properly secure loads.

The event also highlighted the Adopt-A-Highway program. Program volunteers remove litter and debris, control vegetation and in some cases, plant and maintain trees and/or flowers within the state right of way.

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