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Climate Cares Highway Cleanups

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Be part of our team and help clean our highways!!

Adopt-a-Highway is a free program for the public to volunteer to clean up a 1.4-mile stretch of local state highway. Cleanups are conducted monthly and reported to California DOT.  ASCENDtials has adopted over 8 highways and ramps including the 75 highway on Pomona Avenue on Coronado island and the 125 highway at Quarry and Elketon. We will provide safety equipment, trash grabbers, and bags for the day of the cleanups for all volunteers.

Our volunteers are scheduled once they book the day for the service, which will be available below via our scheduling service and through Eventbrite. If you’d like to book the entire cleanup for your group, please reach out by email at cleanups@ascendtials.org a few weeks before the actual cleanup to reserve your space. Cleanups are during the mornings on Saturdays and Sundays, according to scheduled dates on the calendar, or by contacting us for your own group session. For those wanting to become a member and have unlimited access to cleanups, please follow the instructions below to sign up as a volunteer, then the schedule link is made available to search dates-search dates. Typically, the cleanups happen the third and fourth week of the month, and are ongoing until the end of the year! We look forward to connecting with you soon! Let’s keep our streets clean!  

Please Note! 

    • Please watch the safety video below before all cleanups take place.
    • All volunteers will be given their own personal safety vests, googles, gloves, trash grabbers, and bags.
    • No more than 12 volunteers are allowed to signup for a single cleanup event.
    • Volunteers may clean up as often as they like, there’s no cap on the number of times you clean up the highway.
    • Volunteers can request Letters of Appreciation once cleanup complete
    • Volunteers can sign up for group cleanups
    • Please sign the waiver form below before your cleanup begins 

To sign up for our highway cleanups

Please, first, signup as a volunteer here for unlimited access to cleanups. Once signed up, please follow the instructions in the confirmation message to access our cleanup events! We look forward to seeing you there. After each cleanup, we will celebrate by having lunch together! Stay tuned for details of upcoming cleanup events below! You can also find all our cleanup events here monthly on Eventbrite to signup! Participation is free, but we accept donations for supplies and lunch for the groups.  If you’d like to make a donation to support us for future programming, please donate via PayPal here.

 

Upcoming cleanups Dates and Details

Greetings volunteers! Here are some dates and details for the Climate Cares Highway Cleanup program for your reference

Coronado Highway 75 N & S

Details:

The cleanups are held monthly on Saturdays in front of Bluewater Boathouse, at 9:15 a.m. (PST). Please check the time for your event!

All cleanups will be held at Coronado Island along Highway 75, both north and southbound along the sidewalk next to the highway.

All volunteers will receive a brief orientation before the cleanup begins.

Dates:
  1. Saturday, March 16, 2024
  2. Saturday, April 20, 2024
  3. Saturday, May 18, 2024
  4. Saturday, June 15, 2024
Venue:

1701 Strand Way Coronado, CA 92118

Parking is available at the Bluewater Boathouse and along both sides of the highway. We will meet on the North side, in front of the restaurant parking lot, and walk down south until we get to Tulagi, at the base, and go back up the northbound side ending at the intersection across from the restaurant. .

Elketon/Quarry Highway 125 N

Details:

The cleanups are held monthly on the fourth Saturday of each month, meeting at the Quarry Self Storage at 9:15 a.m. (PST).

All cleanups will be held at Elketon/Quarry along Highway 125, northbound along the highway between 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (PST).

All volunteers will receive a brief orientation before the cleanup begins.

Dates:
  1. Saturday, March 23, 2024
  2. Saturday, April 27, 2024
  3. Saturday, May 25, 2024
  4. Saturday, June 22, 2024
Venue:

6260 Quarry Rd, Spring Valley, CA 91977

Parking is available at the Quarry Self Storage. We will meet here and clean the one-mile stretch starting at the 125 North ramp

5 S @ Mission Bay Beach Club

Details:

The cleanups are held monthly on Saturday, meeting at the Mission Bay Beach Club at 12:15 p.m. (PST), on the first and third Sunday of the month.

All cleanups will be held at the ramps at Clairemont Street near the Mission Bay Beach Club along Highway 5, southbound along the highway between 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (PST).

All volunteers will receive a brief orientation before the clean up begins.

Dates:
  1. Sunday, March 3, 2024
  2. Sunday, April 7, 2024
  3. Sunday, May 5, 2024
  4. Sunday, June 2, 2024
Venue:

2688 E Mission Bay Dr. San Diego, CA 92109

Parking is available at the beach club. We will meet here and clean the one-mile stretch starting at the 5 South ramp

Highway 5 N @28th St / National Ave

Details:

Monthly cleanups are scheduled on the last Friday of each month. Please check the event schedule for the specific date. The cleanup activities will commence at 5:00 p.m. and conclude at 7:00 p.m. (PST). Be sure to verify the exact time for your designated event.

The cleanup will take place along Highway 5 Northbound, focusing on the 0.4-mile stretch

All volunteers will receive a brief orientation before the cleanup begins.

Dates:
  1. Friday, March 29, 2024
  2. Friday, April 26, 2024
  3. Friday, May 31, 2024
  4. Friday, June 28, 2024
 
Venue:
 
AutoZone Auto Parts Parking Lot, 2865 National Ave, San Diego, CA 92113
 
Parking is available in the lot of the Autozone.

 Highway 94 E & W 1005 @47th Street and 94 E at 32nd and Broadway

Details:

Monthly cleanups are scheduled on Saturdays. Please check the event schedule for the specific date. The cleanup activities will commence at 12:15 p.m. (PST). Be sure to verify the exact time for your designated event.

The cleanup will take place along SR-94, focusing on 47th Street and at 32nd and Broadway. Volunteers will be working along the ramps adjacent to the highway.

All volunteers will receive a brief orientation before the cleanup begins.

Dates:
  1. Sunday, March 24, 2024
  2. Sunday, April 28, 2024
  3. Sunday, May 26, 2024
  4. Sunday, June 23, 2024
 
Venue:

Near 1005 47th Street, San Diego, 92102

805 N @Sweetwater Rd Off & On Ramps

Details:

Monthly cleanups are scheduled on Saturdays. Please check the event schedule for the specific date. The cleanup activities will commence at 12:15 – 2:00 pm. (PST). Be sure to verify the exact time for your designated event.

The cleanup will take place along SR-805N, focusing on the stretch from post mile 8.8 to 9.3 northbound. Volunteers will be working along the sidewalk adjacent to the highway.

All volunteers will receive a brief orientation before the cleanup begins.

Dates:
  1. Sunday, March 31, 2024
  2. Tuesday, April 30, 2024
  3. Tuesday, May 28, 2024
  4. Sunday, June 30, 2024
Venue:

Parking lot, 2300 Sweetwater Rd, National City, CA 9195

 

Highway 15N @Market Street, Stockton 

Details:

Monthly cleanups are scheduled on the first Tuesday of each month. Please check the event schedule for the specific date. The cleanup activities will commence at 11:15 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m. (PST). Be sure to verify the exact time for your designated event.

The cleanup will take place along Highway 5 Northbound, focusing on the 0.1-mile stretch.

Volunteers will be working along the sidewalk adjacent to the highway.

All volunteers will receive a brief orientation before the cleanup begins.

Dates:
  1. Tuesday, March 5, 2024
  2. Tuesday, April 2, 2024
  3. Tuesday, May 7, 2024
  4. Tuesday, June 9, 2024
Venue:
32°42’42.0″N 117°07’15.8″W
San Diego, CA 92102 United States

Safety and Training 

Before each cleanup, the supervisor on site will go over a brief orientation with you. Here are some additional tips to follow when out on the highway.  

  • When picking up debris, especially large and awkward items, volunteers should use proper lifting techniques to minimize personal injury chances.  
  • Volunteers who discover containers that contain unidentifiable contents should report the information to the onsite coordinator.  Volunteers should not move such materials unless it is determined to be non-hazardous.  
  • Personal protective clothing equipment should be used when picking trash. 

Special Precautions 

Usually, the safest, most efficient method to pick up litter is for workers to face oncoming traffic as they work. Be aware that roadway litter or trash may contain glass and other biohazard materials.  Extreme care should be exercised so trash bags do not brush against anyone or rupture while loading. 

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