Dates for the next few months of Adopt-A-Highway Trashathons in 2016:
May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 17...
Click here to see a list of the types of things you're likely to see during the cleanup!
Photos of some of the odd things we've picked up: Photos
Recycling Fact Sheet
We are officially part of the California Adopt-A-Highway program.
Areas we usually clean: Our assigned area is the north side of 280 between the Meridian Avenue and Saratoga Avenue (approx. 2.5 miles), including the intersection of 280 with 880/17. If we have enough crew members, we also work on The Alameda on-ramp and off-ramp to Highway 17 and sometimes parts of the Meridian/Southwest Expressway interchange. We also try to keep Moorpark and Parkmoor between Bascom and Leigh clean because they are de fact on-ramps and off-ramps in this area.
When do we meet and how long to we work: We will meet at 9:00 AM and get to worksites by 9:15 AM or so. [Please don't be late.] We will be doing only ONE long shift and knock off around 12:30. We're treating everyone who wants to stick around to sandwiches and sodas at the Time Deli on the corner of Bascom and West San Carlos.
Who can participate: You must at least 16 years old to work on the highways in California. If you are under 18, you must have a Consent to Participate signed by a parent or guardian. Click Here Print out that page, get it signed, and you can work on a crew. If you do not bring a consent form, I cannot allow you on a work crew.
Supplies: Each volunteer will receive a bright yellow safety vest that says ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY on it, a hard hat, gloves, goggles, a pick-up stick, and a supply of big trash bags. If you have your own work gloves, please bring them. The ones that are supplied will keep your hands clean, but are not a very good defense against the burrs and thorns.
What to wear: Wear clothing and shoes that you don't care about getting dirty. You must wear long pants and a shirt with long sleeves. You might want to bring along a cooler tshirt or even shorts to change into after the cleanup. DO NOT bring mp3 players or ipods to listen to while you work. You must be able to hear the traffic and any alerts and warnings from fellow workers, etc. Likewise, your cell phone must stay in your pocket while you're working -- no texting and no talking!
The meeting place: We will be gathering at the corner of Moorpark Avenue and Leigh Avenue, on the north side of the street, across from San Jose City College. Look for people wearing bright yellow vests ON THE LEFT (see photo). Whether you are driving on 280 North or 280 South, take the Leigh-Bascom exit. In both cases, it is a slide off to the right of the freeway. Groups of workers will carpool down to the worksite as soon as we have carloads of people supplied and ready to go. We will be gone by 9:15, so please don't be late!
What to do now: Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you're coming to help. That way I can plan how many of the supplies to bring and how to organize the work crews.
Thanks in advance.