SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A state senator succeeded in including $2 million for litter abatement in the 2021 state budget, which the legislature passed this week.

State Sen. Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) secured the funds in the Budget Act of 2021. His plan is to work with the Santa Clara County Consumer & Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA) and all 15 cities in the county to “identify and prioritize beautification areas and litter abatement opportunities” in the county.

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“Trash accumulation and littering is a mounting concern in our community that has placed an unfair burden on our residents,” Cortese said in a statement. “By expanding an existing program, this funding can swiftly and effectively address litter and debris hotspots across all neighborhoods in Santa Clara County that need abatement or pose safety concerns.”

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The $2 million pays for cleanup programs throughout the county. The focus of the program is on “hotspots” like freeway interchanges, Caltrans right of ways and neighborhoods where trash poses safety concerns.

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Currently, CEPA has a multi-year agreement with Caltrans and San Jose Conservation Corp (SJCC) to clean up Caltrans right of ways all over the county. The agreement expires in 2022 fiscal year.