California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Friday, April 23, 2010

Contact: Media Information Officer Edward Cartagena

Phone: (619) 688-6670

$2.5 Million Thrown At Litter Collected from San Diego Freeways Last Year

SAN DIEGO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials kicked off the “Don’t Trash California” anti-litter campaign today beside a mountain of trash collected from area freeways.  The campaign is part of an aggressive statewide spring cleanup and was held at the Caltrans Maintenance Yard in Kearny Mesa.

According to Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman, about 140,000 30-gallon trash bags -- enough litterbags to span the two-miles long Coronado Bridge 110 times -- were collected from San Diego freeways last year at a cost of $2.5 million. 

“Large items lost or left on area freeways are not only unsightly but dangerous,” said Berman.  “Imagine a vehicle traveling 65 miles per hour and striking a mattress, ladder or a kitchen sink.  The outcome is significant injury or even death.”

Berman and CHP Captain Rich Stewart addressed the issue of litter and to encourage members of the public to do their part and “Don’t Trash California.”

Members of the public are encouraged to use litterbags in their vehicles, report illegal dumping and to participate as volunteers or sponsors in Caltrans’ Adopt-A-Highway program.

For more information about Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway program please log on to
www.adopt-a-highway.dot.ca.gov.

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