Litter Prevention in Texas


What you can do to keep Texas clean:


  • Don't transport debris in the back of your pickup or trailer unless it is securely covered.
  • Spread the word that illegal dumping is a crime.
  • Use a litterbag in your vehicle. Besides, it keeps you vehicle from looking like a dump.
  • Litter-Defensive-ClassSet an example by putting your trash where it belongs. There is only one place to legally throw your trash away on a Texas highway. That's in a litter barrel. Look for rest area, picnic or a sign like this one to find a litter barrel.
  • When placing trash into a dumpster use bags and secure with twist ties before depositing. When dump trucks load the debris it will prevent garbage from blowing out.
  • Report illegal dumping to your local or county litter abatement or environmental health department and let them know when litter and illegal dumping in your community are major concerns.
  • Take down the license plate numbers of any vehicles you see transporting trash without a cover and report it to the Texas Department of Transportation's Report a Litterer Program.
  • Organize and participate in volunteer programs such as Adopt-a-Highway, Adopt-a-Beach, and Keep Texas Beautiful.


Texas Littering


Texas is one of the states in the United States with the highest rate of littering. Despite its size, Texas produces a large amount of litter per capita. Littering is a major problem in the state, both in rural and urban areas. Despite efforts to reduce the amount of litter in the state, the problem persists.


The main sources of litter in Texas are roadways, highways, and commercial and residential areas. Litter is typically composed of paper and plastic items such as beverage containers, food wrappers, and cigarette butts. It also includes larger items such as tires, furniture, and construction materials. In addition, Texas also has a problem with illegal dumping, which is the intentional disposal of trash in unauthorized areas.


The effects of littering in Texas are numerous. Litter can damage the environment by polluting the air, water, and soil. It can also be a danger to wildlife, particularly when it contains hazardous materials. In addition, litter can affect the quality of life in an area by making it appear unkempt and uninviting.


There are several steps that the state of Texas is taking to reduce littering. These include increasing public awareness campaigns, providing more trash receptacles in public areas, and enforcing existing anti-littering laws. In addition, the state is exploring the use of innovative technologies such as automated street cleaning machines.


Although Texas has made some progress in reducing its littering problem, much more needs to be done. Littering is a serious issue that requires the attention of all Texans. With continued efforts, the state can make great strides in reducing the amount of litter in its environment.


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