Berkeley section
Hwy 580 - Gilman Ave.

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Gilman encampments, underneath, and around the overpass.

It’s best to join an organized cleanup, before working solo in this area.

Trash Note

Most of the litter is abandoned campsites, and waste middens from the camps themselves. Trash also blows in from the highway. Dumping, usually construction waste, is also common in this area.

Useful items like wood, poles or other building materials, should be left, or stacked at the edge of trash piles so they can be recovered.

Most active camps have collections of clothes or parts that may appear to be trash, but are still prized. Litter is often mixed in with these collections.

When working near an active camp, talk to residents to get guidance about what can be taken away.


Avoid cleaning active campsites unless you talk to the residents and get guidance from residents about what can be taken away. Potentially needles around homeless campsites.

Hazards & Safety

It's best to join an organized cleanup, before working solo in this area.

• DO NOT CROSS GILMAN anywhere near overpass, instead cross near Golden Gates Fields.
• Very fast traffic along Frontage Road
• Fast moving bikes on paths
• Stay off offramp and highway, stay off highway paved areas and at least 12' from moving traffic at all times.
• Frequent needles in this area.

Getting There & Parking

Park on the Western side of the freeway in the parking lot for the sports field.

Trash Disposal

Small amounts, take with you.

Large amounts, pile off the right-of-way, where it can easily be loaded into a truck.

Caltrans removes trash piles on the first full work week of the month.

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