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PHOTOS FROM LITTER PICKUPS IN 2020

Along with the trash (mostly paper and plastic), we always find a few treasures, tidbits and oddities.

Below are samples from the most recent litter pickups.

I have been cataloguing these finds since 2008. If you want to see even MORE of them, click here for another page of photos.

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All Adopt-A-Highway activities are on hold because of COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders. Cal-Trans has suspended all of them until August, at the earliest.

February 2020

   
          
A child's basketball jersey  

Another jersey. It still had the Marshall's tag on it, and was missing the two top buttons -- which may be why it was discarded. Both jersey were washed and donated.

   
An orange. We found a tangerine too.   The remains of a plaster skull.   A Peruvian flag. It was pretty grimy, but most of the dirt came out in the wash. We donated it.
   

Checks belonging to Prepared Staffing, LLC. We contacted the owner who explained that his car had been broken into and his company's checkbook stolen. He was glad at least these checks won't be coming back to haunt him. He wrote down the numbers and we shreded the checks.  

We have no idea what these are. They are plastic and they have no markings on them that we could see.

ADDED 2/1720: Rene P., an eagle-eyed reader of our trash reports knew exactly what these are: agility training cones, often used by soccer coaches to set up drills on the field. Thanks, Rene!

  Our crew with the 12 bags we filled at The Alameda exit on Highway 880 NB

January 2020

   
          
A bicycle seat.   Spray cans of chemicals used in automobile detailing.     A metal pot. It's too damaged to be used for cooking, but I can find a use for it in my garden.
   
A tiny child's sandal - only one.   A tiny plastic figure. It's a small miracle anyone spotted this, because it's about the size of dollar coin.   Two hats. After some clean-up, we will donate them.
   

Yes, it's rusty, but it still works, so it will be cleaned up and either used or donated.   A box of tools. They were not in the box to start with. They were scattered all over the road at the site of a crash. Somebody's tool chest split opened and spilled its contents ( probably worth over $100), and nobody bothered to pick them up after clearing the crash.   A small portion of the Botts Dots we found. The orange one is pretty rare. I have dozens of these if anyone wants them for an art project!

 

A model helicopter! It's very delicate, so it's a amazing that it's not damaged. How in the world did it wind up on the side of the freeway?

  A metal dish, pretty disgusting when we found it, but...   ... it cleaned up nicely. We may use for a pet dish.

 

I have been cataloguing these finds since 2008. If you want to see even MORE of them....

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