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San Joaquin County Launches ‘Adopt-A-Road’ Program To Keep Roadways Clean

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

Signs will be placed along county roads with the name of the volunteer group tasked with keeping them litter-free.

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

San Joaquin County is clearing its roadways of trash.

It's kicked off a program called "Adopt-A-Road," patterned after the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program.

“We spend so much on labor in picking up illegal dumping,” County Supervisor Miguel Villapudua said. “If we can have the community invest their time and pick up some of the garbage that people are leaving behind, it would be a big asset to our county.”

Signs will be placed along county roads showing the name of the volunteer group tasked with keeping them litter-free. Villapudua says the cost of picking up illegal dumping last year was over $1 million.

“Typically, on any given weekday, there’s usually an abandoned boat, sets of tires, bags of garbage, and it’s disturbing because the county goes out there and cleans it up and the next day, they’re out there dumping again, so very frustrating,” he said.

The first sign to go up was on Qantas Lane in Stockton with the name of the Venture Academy boys basketball team, which has committed to keeping it clean for the next two years.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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