Caltrans Receives Green California Leadership Award for Protect Recycle

Thu June 12, 2008 - West Edition
Construction Equipment Guide


Caltrans received the Green California Leadership Award for Project Recycle, an innovative solution to divert litter from landfills and increase recycling in the Adopt-A-Highway program.

Green California Leadership Awards are given to state and local governments to acknowledge outstanding achievements in environmental sustainability.

There were 80 entries statewide, and one winner in each of eight categories. Caltrans’ Project Recycle won in the Waste Management category.

Project Recycle provides a simple yet effective answer to allow Adopt-A-Highway volunteers to collect recyclable containers.

When gathering litter, volunteers carry a litter picker in one hand and a trash bag with the other. It is difficult to carry a second bag for recyclables, and full trash bags must be left at the roadside for pick-up.

Volunteers cannot take full trash bags away for sorting.

Project Recycle provides over-the-shoulder bags for Adopt-A-Highway volunteers to separate and store recyclables while gathering trash from the State Highway right of way.

Project Recycle also models “closing the recycling loop” by using bags made from 100 percent certified recycled plastic bottles.

Developed in 2003 by Caltrans District 1 Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator Nita Brake-Mills, Project Recycle has proven to be very effective. In the past five years in District 1 alone, 10 tons of recyclable materials have been collected from the roadside. Caltrans has now enacted Project Recycle across California.

In addition to Project Recycle, Caltrans also won a Green California Leadership Award in the Transportation category for the Statewide Stormwater Management Program.




Today's top stories

Filling the Labor Pool — Post-Pandemic, Construction Industry Wants Workers to Jump in

Reed & Reed Leads Twin Bridges in Vermont to Mid-Summer Completion

Granite Construction, Mahaffey Drilling Fix Railroad Issue in Encintas

Texas Women in Construction — Sherry McGee: HOLT CAT

OSHA COVID Safety Rules Give Workplace Flexibility to Transportation Construction Firms

Spanning the Potomac: Three-Quarter-Billion-Dollar Bridge Replacement Under Way

Reconstruction Begins On Century-Old Border Crossing Span Over St. John River

Doosan, Trimble Announce Factory-Installed Machine Control Solution for Crawler Excavators


 






ceg-logo ceg-logo ceg-logo ceg-logo ceg-logo