by Photo courtesy of Caltrans

Caltrans will be hosting Free California Dump Day in San Diego County to keep non-hazardous and unwanted away from roadways and into proper disposal. 

San Diegans may dispose of non-hazardous and unwanted items for free on Nov.19 at 570 C St, Chula Vista, 8502 Railroad Ave, Santee, 200 South Palm Ave, Brawley, and 1102 Montenegro Way, El Centro. 

“One of Clean California’s goals is to create a cultural shift of shared responsibility and community pride, educating the public on how to manage and decrease our trash, and keep our roads and communities clean”, said Caltrans District 11 Director Gustavo Dallarda. “These events provide people the opportunity to dispose of items properly and free of charge, potentially preventing illegal dumping along highways, roads, and waterways.”

This event is a part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $1.1 billion Clean California initiative, a multi-year clean-up effort led by Caltrans to keep roads and waterways free of litter, create thousands of jobs and transform state and local public spaces through beautification efforts.

Since launching Clean California last July, Caltrans has held 18 such events in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

There will be staff on-site to accept household waste and approved debris. Prohibited items include hazardous waste (batteries, paint, oils, flammables), e-waste (televisions, computers, microwaves, stereo equipment, electronics), construction debris (concrete, dirt, asphalt, asbestos), compressed gas, aerosols, treated wood waste, refrigerators, and freezers. Four mattresses and four tires separated from the rims per household will be accepted.

Organizers ask motorists to properly secure and tarp all cargo loads before driving, as unsecured loads are unsafe, and illegal and pollute California's roads and waterways. Caltrans officials say that loads that are not tied down, enclosed, or secured by tarps or other means will not be accepted. 

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