Thursday, September 19, 2013

Caltrans Participates in Coast Cleanup Week

Caltrans in support of Coast Cleanup Week will be working with Heal the Bay and the Arroyo Seco Foundation to remove litter debris along at the Arroyo Seco Parkway (SR-110) Avenue 26 off-ramp in Highland Park on Saturday, September 21, 9 a.m. to noon.  Much of the litter at this off-ramp is from people tossing their garbage instead of placing it in a designated trash container.

Coastal Cleanup Week is an annual event designed to remove litter that eventually reaches beaches, lakes and waterways.  Caltrans maintains over 12,000 structures and bridges above or alongside inland waterways that eventually flow to the ocean.

Those wishing to participate should contact Heal the Bay at 310-451-1500 or visit: healthebay.com

Statewide, Caltrans spent $52 million statewide on litter removal, collecting enough litter, trash, and debris from freeways to fill more than 10,000 garbage trucks. Parked end-to-end, those trucks would stretch more than 50 miles.

In the last fiscal year, District 7 spent $12 million picking up 43,611 cubic yards of litter and also spent $2.4 million cleaning up 3.3 million square feet of graffiti.  District 7 has over 1100 freeway lane miles and 9000 acres of landscape to manage.