Earn Extra Cash by Cleaning Up Litter Along a California Highway

Some San Diego County and Bay Area highways are on the list.

CalTrans is offering cold, hard cash for volunteers who cleanup a highway in some California counties.

Whether Adopt-a-Highway volunteers clean up litter as individuals or in a group, they can earn up to $250 through the new Clean California pilot program.

"Since July, Caltrans has collected nearly 2,500 tons of trash and made more than 600 conditional job offers as part of the program," Caltrans boasted about the program in a news release.

How to Apply:

Those who would like to volunteer can call 866-ADOPTAHWY (886-236-7824) or apply online at

Counties where you can clean up:

  • Butte
  • Colusa
  • El Dorado
  • Glenn
  • Imperial
  • Nevada
  • Placer
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • Sierra
  • Sutter
  • Yolo
  • Yuba

Note: The program is expected to expand statewide in coming months.

Here's what CalTrans requires volunteers submit the following information after the clean-up to receive the money:

  • Date, location, amount of trash collected, number of volunteers, hours worked and pictures.

There is a limit to one payment a month.

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