San Joaquin County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
has approved an encroachment permit for a non-profit group called “Pick Up
America” to pick up trash and debris along California’s highways.
The group is scheduled to be in the District 10 area beginning the week of
September 17, 2012, through the week of October 8, 2012. They are
scheduled to begin in Lee Vining, head through Yosemite National Park, and
through Groveland. From there the group will head to Modesto and travel
north to Salida, Ripon and Manteca, ending up in Stockton before heading to
Since March 2010, Pick Up America has been performing a nationwide
coast-to-coast roadside litter pick-up. To date, they have removed over
175,000 pounds of litter, covering over 2,800 miles while traveling west
through Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana,
Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. The California
segment comprises of 330 miles across the state.
Wondering how you can do your part? Caltrans has an Adopt-A-Highway
Program which provides an avenue for individuals, organizations, or
businesses to help maintain sections of roadside within California’s State
Highway System. Groups have the option to participate as volunteers or to
hire a maintenance service provider to perform the work on their behalf.
The Adopt-A-Highway program, which began in 1989, has been one of the truly
successful government-public partnerships of our time. More than 120,000
Californians have cleaned and enhanced over 15,000 shoulder-miles of
Participation can include one or more of the following activities:
· Removing litter (work frequency varies with location).
· Planting and establishing trees or wildflowers.
· Removing graffiti.
· Controlling vegetation.
The best anti-litter campaign is to ensure trash never makes it onto the
highways in the first place. Caltrans encourages you to:
· Carry a litter bag in your automobile and always dispose of trash
· Never discard cigarette or cigar refuse improperly;
· Always cover and properly secure loads of trucks and pick-ups.
In addition to the economic costs, litter presents a wide range of serious
threats to the environment and human health: wildlife can suffer from
plastics in the environment; roadside vegetation can be damaged by large
debris; fires can be started from burning cigarettes that can threaten
human health; harmful chemicals and biohazards can cause a serious threat
to human health; litter can clog roadway drainage systems that can lead to
wet-weather highway flooding, congestion and accidents, and can aid in the
spread of disease.
With everyone doing their part we can keep California clean for today and
For more information on the Adopt-A-Highway Program, please visit
www.adopt-a-highway.dot.ca.gov or call Kathy Cockayne, District 10
Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator, at (209) 948-7462.