Statewide Clean Up Previews Earth Day in San Diego

Local San Diegans participated in Don't Trash California Day, a statewide highway cleanup effort.

Highways in California may look a little cleaner after today.

This is because a statewide highway cleanup effort, known as Don’t Trash California Day, took place Thursday.

San Diego volunteers, who represented several east county Adopt-A-Highway groups, met with the supervisor of Caltrans Maintenance for San Diego county, Ray Aquiar, to spend the day removing litter and debris from local highways.

The cleanup group gathered near the eastbound Interstate 8 Fuerte Drive Park and Ride to spread the word about Thursday’s significance before getting their hands dirty.

“Litter is not only unsightly, it is a safety concern for highway workers who must remove it on our busy highways, for travelers, and for wildlife and the public when it pollutes our waterways,” explained Aquair in a previously released statement.

This cleanup effort comes the day before Earth Day, which falls on April 22 every year.

To learn more about the Don't Trash movement, click here.

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