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Caltrans to Hold Clean California Free Dump Day in Rancho Cordova & Sacramento

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is offering a free Dump Day for residents and visitors to the area on Saturday, November 20 at two locations in Sacramento County: Rancho Cordova and Natomas.

This event is part of the Clean California program to encourage responsible trash-handling practices and disposing of waste materials safely and properly.

“The best way to keep California clean is not to trash it in the first place. Clean California’s goal is to make sure trash never ends up on our roadsides, highways and waterways, and these Dump Day events are giving folks a chance to help make that happen by disposing of their items safely, properly, and at no cost.”

Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin

The free Dump Day will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Caltrans will have staff on-site to accept household waste and approved debris at no charge at the following locations:

·       Sunrise Maintenance Station – 11325 Sanders Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

·       Northgate Maintenance Station – 3940 Rosin Court, Sacramento, CA 95834

Dump Day collection is limited to items such as tires, metal, plastic, fiberglass, fabric, glass, asphalt, dirt, concrete, wood, mattresses, household appliances and landscape trimmings.

Additional items will be accepted on a limited basis including:

·       E-waste (up to 4 each) including televisions, computer monitors and accessories, VCRs, CD/DVD players, stereo equipment, microwaves, etc. per participant

·       Tires (up to 6 each) per participant

·       Concrete, dirt, rocks, asphalt, sand, brick and other construction materials (up to a half-yard) per participant

Items that will not be accepted include treated wood waste, asbestos, compressed gas, or hazardous waste of any type. Hazardous waste includes paint, batteries, oils, acids, aerosol cans, household chemicals, corrosives, hazardous waste bases, etc.  Information on where to locate approved hazardous waste disposal facilities in Sacramento County can be found at: https://wmr.saccounty.net/Pages/HHW-Dropoff-Centers.aspx.

Caltrans reminds motorists to properly secure and tarp all cargo loads prior to driving. Transporting unsecured loads is unsafe, illegal, and pollutes California’s roads and waterways. Loads that are not tied down/secured by tarps/nets or enclosed will not be accepted. Collection space may be limited.

Tips for securing your load:

  • Completely cover loads with tarps or cargo nets. Debris can escape from gaps.
  • Remove loose material and trash before driving.
  • Don’t overload; keep materials level with your truck bed.
  • Put light items lower, tie large items to the vehicle for traffic safety.


Part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s California Comeback Plan, Clean California is a sweeping $1.1 billion, multiyear cleanup effort to remove trash, create thousands of jobs and engage communities to transform roadsides and restore pride in public spaces.

Visit CleanCA.com for more information.

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