By Susan A. Neufeld
San Bernardino, CA – At a press conference held Wednesday February 28, 2018, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), announced they will be partnering with Supervisor Janice Rutherford and Supervisor James Ramos to place trash bins on state highways in the San Bernardino Mountain Communities. This accomplishment is due to the combined efforts the County Supervisors, Burrtec and Big Bear Disposal.
The trash bins will be placed at various locations on State Routes 18, 38, 173 and 330. The goal is to help reduce the amount of litter that is left behind by visitors during snow events.
Mountain Communities have been working with Caltrans and other agencies to come up with a plan to provide other means to stash trash. Supervisor Rutherford and Supervisor Ramos were able to make this plan come to fruition to allow for a clean and pristine area for visitors and residents.
Caltrans District 8 Director John Bulinski stated “Today is a proud day for our region, as we have taken a major step in eliminating litter from our stunning mountains that people from all over the country come to visit.” San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos, who represents the Big Bar area, emphasized the importance of making memories, but stated “This enjoyment comes with responsibility. We need to protect our environment and help maintain its natural beauty.” San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, who represents the Crestline, Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs areas, echoed this point by stating
that “We welcome visitors who drive up and enjoy the snow, but ask that you please respect the forest and our mountain residents by not littering or trespassing on private property.”
The trash bins will be placed prior to storm events and removed promptly after the heavily traveled weekends. Caltrans is looking to expand this program to other areas in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties next year.