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ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY VOLUNTEER

In November of 2004, Sabine and I adopted a 2.5-mile stretch of northbound Highway 280 in San Jose, California. We are officially part of the California Adopt-A-Highway program.

Our assigned area is the north side of Hwy 280 between the Meridian Avenue and Saratoga Avenue. If we have enough crew members, we also work on 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. We work from 9:00 to 12:30 one Saturday each month. A couple of times a year, we take on The Alameda exit on northbound Highway 880. Our permit to clean this area was pulled in January 2021, after 16 years. If you really want to know the gruesome details about how and why and who, email me and I'll share that information.

As of April 10, 2021, we have adopted a new section of the local highways: Highway 101 southbound between Capitol Expressway and Yerba Buena Road. It's about 3/4 of a mile in length, but wide and flat for almost all of it.

Our next pick-up date is Saturday, October 23, 9:00 am -12:30-ish pm.

[Future Dates: November 20 and December 11]

Want to get involved? Email me at loui@louitucker.com if you'd like to join a work crew.

Crazy stuff we found on the last pickup  

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Photographic proof that some people are slobs!

ESTIMATED TOTAL BAGS OF TRASH since 10/2004
5134 bags to landfill
518 bags of recycling
Total bags of trash removed from local roads
**5652**

TOTAL $$$ FOUND
$2,503.52

YEARLY TOTALS

2021
57 bags of trash, plus 4 bags of recyclables
We have adoped a new section of the local highway system, 101 Southbound between Capitol Expressway and Yerba Buena Road. We didn't get to start work until April, so I am sure our totals will be low this year. Onward!

2020
200 bags of trash, plus 31 bags of recyclables
As the whole world knows, 2020 was a bizarre year. We couldn't go out with our full crews for several months. Sabine and I did a few months alone because we are a household, but what can 2 workers do? In the end, the totals were not that different from 2019.

2019
199 bags of trash, plus 21 bag of recyclables
The total for 2019 are low compared to prior years but we were rained out in January and February, and had to cancel in December. Even considering we missed three months, however, it was still one of our lightest year. Could it be that the litter situation has improved, that people are not littering as much?

2018
314 bags of trash, plus 33.5 bag of recyclables

2017
295 bags of trash, plus 33 bag of recyclables

2016
361 bags of trash, plus 35 bags of recyclables

2015
315 bags of trash - 39 bags of recyclables

2014
305 bags of trash - 32 bags of recyclables

2013
320 bags of trash - 32 bags of recyclables

2012
307 bags of trash - 30 bags of recyclables

2011
364 bags of trash - 39 bags of recyclables

2010
311 bags of trash - 31 bags of recyclables

2009
285 bags of trash - 19 bags of recyclables

2008
269 bags of trash - 18 bags of recyclables

[Note: Counts prior to 2008 are estimates
because recordkeeping was spotty.]

2007
402 bags of trash - 27 bags of recyclables

2006
326 bags of trash 21 bags of recyclables

2005-2004
I wasn't keep track yet....

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