All that trash on Bay Area highways? Caltrans under threat of fines if it’s not cleaned up

The California Department of Transportation has failed to do anything about the heaps of garbage that regularly get strewn across Bay Area roadways and often end up in San Francisco Bay, and will be hit with tens of thousands of dollars in fines if it doesn’t clean up its act soon, water quality officials said Tuesday.

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board is expected Wednesday to order Caltrans to start capturing the trash that flies off pickup beds, is hurled out vehicle windows or tumbles from hauling trucks onto state-run roadways.

“The big issue here is how much trash people throw away on our highways,” said Thomas Mumley, the assistant executive officer for the water quality board, who also expressed concern about what ends up in the bay. “It’s outrageous.”