California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Headquarters - Public Affairs Office

Caltrans: Tamie McGowen (916) 657-5060
CHP: Tom Marshall (916) 657-7202

May 8, 2007


Sacramento – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) today launched an aggressive statewide effort against litter, which is responsible for several thousand accidents on the roadway each year.

“Litter is a statewide problem, and we are actively working to raise public awareness,” said Caltrans Director Will Kempton. “The best anti-litter campaign is to ensure trash never makes it onto our highways in the first place.”

"Littering is not only a serious blight on the landscape, but often a traffic safety issue and a threat to public safety," said CHP Commissioner Mike Brown.

Caltrans Director Kempton and CHP Assistant Commissioner Arthur Anderson held a press conference at the Rancho Cordova Transportation Management Center this morning and then picked up trash along Highway 50. All 12 Caltrans district offices also held simultaneous anti-litter press conferences and trash pick-ups. Director Kempton released a new comprehensive interagency Litter Abatement Plan and Assistant Commissioner Anderson discussed statewide enforcement.

Last year, the State of California spent more than $55 million tax dollars to pick up and dispose of trash carelessly tossed or dumped onto California’s roadways. Caltrans collected more than 140,000 cubic yards of trash – enough to fill a hole a mile long,
25-feet wide and nearly 30-feet deep.

In response, Caltrans assembled a multi-agency anti-litter task force of several regional and local partners to address California’s litter issue. The public is asked to contribute by participating in the Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program. Information on the Adopt-A-Highway Program and the Litter Abatement Plan may be found at or by calling 866-ADOPTAHWY.