Caltrans is holding its annual statewide Litter Removal and Enforcement Day tomorrow, April 19th.
Crews will be removing litter on Highway 12 from the Calaveras/San Joaquin County line to Haupt Creek Road. They will also be in Tuolumne on Highway 120 from the Stanislaus/ Tuolumne County to Green Springs Road and from North Sunshine Road on 108 to County Dump Road.
Caltrans Spokesperson Angela DaPrato says, “Annually it costs $50 million to remove litter from the state’s highways. We are asking the public to do its part by not littering and by caring a litter bag in the car.”
The most common litter in the foothills is wrappers from fast food restaurants.
In a press release Caltrans noted many problems associated with litter, “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.”
Last year 86 bags of litter were removed from Tuolumne County and 32 bags were removed from Calaveras.
Remember to drive with caution, crews will be working alongside the highways throughout the day.