Trash is a growing problem on the Skyway

Butte County, Calif.--People say the Skyway between Paradise and Chico can use a little face lift.

Posted: Mar. 20, 2018 5:02 PM

Butte County, Calif.--People say the Skyway between Paradise and Chico can use a little face lift.

It's not surprising to find trash when driving along a busy road, but people say it's worse now than they've seen in a long time.

Every day, June Winberg takes the Skyway from Paradise to Chico for work.

“I get tired of all of the trash that I’ve been seeing, more than I’ve ever seen,” she said.

She's lived in the area for about 15 years, but says it seems like it's been worse in the past few months.

“Big trash, small trash, just pretty much everything. A lot of paper, some of it is litter, people throwing out stuff but a lot of it is stuff flying off of trucks.”

The Butte County Public Works Department said both of those are true, and there are a lot of people who don't secure their loads.

Winberg also had some questions of her own.

“Is it someone's responsibility? Whose responsibility is it?”

Butte County Public Works is ultimately responsible for the road and any materials on it or next to it.

“If you want to find a place to park go out there to pick up trash is that allowed? Or would we be getting tickets?” she asked.

That's a little complicated. They said it's probably not illegal, but not encouraged.

They do have an Adopt-A-Highway Program, but there are many areas that still have not been adopted. The county also has organized programs and will train people to do the cleanups safely, as well as give those gloves, hard hats, and other equipment.

They said every day they prioritize where to put crews, whether it be cleaning brush, clearing storm drains, or fixing potholes, and while the trash on the road looks ugly, cleaning up other people's garbage typically falls lower on the list because it's not going to cause anyone's home to flood or their car to break down.

Public works said they still do go out there and clean up and pick up trash.

Just in the last month, groups spent about four days doing that because they've gotten some complaints about the trash as well.

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