Clean California - A transformative initiative to remove litter, create jobs and beautify California

Envisioning What's Possible

Through Clean California, Caltrans is making a serious investment in litter eradication, community engagement and education to ultimately transform unsightly roadsides into spaces of pride for all Californians. It takes direct aim at the continuous trash generation that has overwhelmed the significant investment of time and resources by Caltrans and its partners collecting, recycling, and disposing of litter and hazardous waste.

Engage & Invest in Communities

Create jobs and support local artists while cleaning and beautifying local roads through community grants.

Learn more about the
Clean California
Local Grant Program


Drive a cultural shift of shared responsibility for the cleanliness of our roadways through litter prevention education campaigns that focus on properly throwing away trash and the impact littering has on natural resources, waterways, public safety and health.

Expand Litter Pick-Up

Significantly reduce trash from state highways and local roads by strengthening trash collection by Caltrans, community service programs and local volunteers. Increase access to waste facilities and provide free monthly disposal sites throughout the state.

Enhance Infrastructure

Implement sustainable beautification projects that improve safety and transform dividing highways into spaces that unify communities.

Program Impact

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Clean Up

Beautify our state’s transportation network through art and litter clean-up projects in underserved, rural and urban communities throughout the state

Clean California will remove an additional 1.2 million cubic yards, or 21,000 tons, of trash from the state system alone. This much trash:

  • Fills 81,000 garbage trucks
  • Fills the Rose Bowl 3 times
  • Fills enough trash bags to cross 3,000 miles — the length of the U.S. from east to west
  • Weighs the equivalent of 135 Statues of Liberty

To report an area that needs litter removal, please submit a Customer Service Request.

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Create career opportunities and jobs for veterans, students, artists, people experiencing homelessness, and those re-entering society from incarceration

Clean California jobs available on CalCareers

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Significantly reduce litter along state highways, local roads, tribal land, parks, pathways and transit centers

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 roadside. 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.

Caltrans' Adopt-a-Highway program
Caltrans' Adopt-a-Highway Program

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