Our community cleanup programs, including the Great American Cleanup and Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off, assist in removing litter from roadsides, city parks, neighborhoods and waterways.
Not sure which cleanup is right for you? Walk through our cleanup guide below.
The Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off serves as Texas’ signature event for the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program, held annually from March through May. The program supports efforts to clear Texas roadsides of trash and includes cleanups taking place April 1-30.
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Fall Sweep Resources
Looking for more information about how to enter your Fall Sweep data? The Event Wrap-Up Guide includes information about how to use the Litter Database and submit your event data. Check out our Fall Sweep Webinar for information and tips to help you plan a successful Fall Sweep event.
Fall Sweep runs from September 11, the National Day of Service, through November 20.
When picking up litter, KTB recommends participants to do so responsibly and at their comfort level. Please wear a face mask and disposable gloves, and use a litter grabber. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from passersby. When you are finished collecting litter, please make sure your trash bag is securely tied to protect sanitation workers. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water and hand sanitizer after collecting litter. Please dispose of your single-use face masks and disposable gloves properly and in the waste bin.
To help you communicate cleanup guidance to your affiliate volunteers and community members, we have created these printable resources that include our cleanup guidance and how to safely remove disposable gloves.
PPE Litter Cleanup Guidance - How to properly pick up littered personal protective equipment (PPE).
Individual Cleanup Guidance - Recommendations for individuals and households to participate in cleanups.
Start a Cleanup!Who: Texans who want to clean and beautify their local communities.
What: The KTB Fall Sweep is a program to support the efforts of KTB Affiliates, nonprofits, volunteers, corporations, scout groups and other community groups to organize fall cleanups and beautification projects. Registered participants will have access to an online event toolkit and receive trash bags and other cleanup supplies.
When: Our third annual Fall Sweep will open September 11 and run through November 20, 2020. All cleanup and beautification activity within this time frame is eligible for free cleanup supplies.
Where: KTB Fall Sweep events can take place in any public area such as parks, schools, main street/downtown, watershed areas and roadways
Ways to get involved:
Contact your local KTB Affiliate
Find your local affiliate here.
Join a Fall Sweep cleanup in your community
Check out Fall Sweep events happening here.
Organize your own KTB Fall Sweep cleanup
There's not a KTB Fall Sweep happening in your community? Organize your own!
Get your Scouts involved!
Hey scouts! Looking for a creative way to earn your Soil & Water Conservation Badge or complete your It’s Your Planet – Love It Journey? Have your group participate in our Fall Sweep where you’ll not only help the environment, but you can also receive our I Keep Texas Beautiful patch.
STEP 1: Before Your Event – Organize Your Event
- Choose the date, time, and location of your cleanup. All events must take place September 8 - November 11.
- Register your event and order our FREE supplies
- Checkout our Toolkit for tips, tools, and other great resources
STEP 2: During Your Event – Conduct Your Cleanup
- Use our data collection cards to record important information for your wrap-up report.
- Be sure to take plenty of photographs.
- Share exciting moments on social media and be sure to tag Keep Texas Beautiful @KeepTxBeautiful and #KTBFallSweep on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
STEP 3: After Your Event – Wrap
- Complete your wrap-up report.
- Celebrate your group’s hard work by rewarding them with our I Keep Texas Beautiful patches!
KTB Fall Sweep Toolkit
Ready to organize your own Fall Sweep? Here's what to do next:
Pick a Location
Identify an area in your community that could be cleaned and that is safe and accessible. Come up wiht a plan to dispose of the trash and recyclables you collect properly. Visit the site in advance of the cleanup date to determine where to set up a check-in station, where to leave bags of trash and recyclables and what areas volunteers will clean.
Register Your Event with Keep Texas BeautifulUse this form to register your cleanup for supplies and materials. You must also sign into your affiliate portal and register your cleanup on our event calendar.
Contact Your Community
Encourage friends, family and colleagues to get involved and help organize the cleanup. Create a work event or a Facebook event so interested volunteers can RSVP and you can easily communicate with attendees. Spread the word through email, social media and e-invites. You can also print and post these event flyers in the area.
Ready to start cleaning up? Here's what to do next.
Set-UpArrive early to set up, post signs and label your trash drop-off site. At your check-in station, ensure you have pens, pencils and sign-in sheets ready for your volunteers.
What to Tell VolunteersEmphasize the importance of data collection. Make sure group leaders have their Safety Speech, Volunteer Welcome, Volume to Weight Estimation Sheet and Data Card. It is easier to collect data as items are picked up, rather than sorting and tallying everything after you clean.
Establish a point-person to stay at the check-in station in case of health emergencies or any late arrivals.
Tell volunteers what to do with the filled bags of trash and set a meeting time for the end of the cleanup so that everyone returns at the same time. Kids should always have adult supervision.
Document the CleanupTake before and after photos of the cleanup site as well as shots of your volunteers in action and a final group picture with all of the trash collected. You can submit these with your data card or tag @KeepTXBeautiful online with #KTBFallSweep.
If you have a scale with a hook, use it to weigh the trash bags. If you don’t have a scale, you can use a standard conversion of 15 pounds per trash bag to estimate the overall weight of your collected trash.
As the volunteers finish, remind them to review the information they entered into the Data Cards and then make sure they submit! Collect all completed paper data forms to submit to Keep Texas Beautiful.
Ensure all trash is left in the designated drop-off location and that no materials are left behind as you leave the cleanup location.
Finished sweeping up? Here's what to do next.
Submit your event data
Keep Texas Beautiful is proud to launch the first-ever Texas Litter Database. Accessible through any smart device or computer, this online tool enables municipal employees, volunteers, and others to better track and analyze litter collected during cleanups. The Litter Database can be used by any individual or group conducting litter clean-up activities in Texas.The Texas Litter Database will be used to collect cleanup data during the Fall Sweep season. Community beautification, painting, and planting event data will be submitted with your annual report. You can submit your interim beautification data using the check-in form to help you prepare your annual report.
Did you host a cleanup?
Enter cleanup data Submit a Check-In Form
After your volunteers submit their data online, encourage them to share it on social media and with their local press!If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Keep Texas Beautiful:
Mail: Keep Texas Beautiful
Attn: Fall Sweep
8850 Business Park Drive, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78759
Survey your cleanup team post-event. Encourage everyone to share experiences, stories, and pictures about what they saw. This might encourage others to attend future events—and now is the time to start planning. Let them know about your next cleanup; get volunteers onboard while their enthusiasm is high!
Say ThanksSend out an email saying, “Look what we did!” Include how many friends, family and community members joined in and the weight of trash collected. Celebrate your accomplishment as a cleanup organizer and ocean advocate. Thank you!
2020 Fall Sweep Results
Thank you to our inland partner, Ocean Conservancy, who will be using cleanup data to report to the International Coastal Cleanup.
At this time, KTB is promoting cleanups for individuals, members of the same household or small groups (size dependent on your local government guidelines). Please follow all local, county, and state guidance. KTB reminds Texans to stay safe when choosing to go outside and clean up your communities.
Fall Sweep is KTB's annual fall cleanup program open to all Texans who want to cleanup their community. KTB provides participants with free cleanup supplies, a planning toolkit and tips and tools to make your cleanup successful. Join us in making Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation!
Keep America Beautiful has announced that the Great American Cleanup (GAC) will be held in 2021. Keep Texas Beautiful participates annually in this national program from March 1 through May 31, but we wanted to clarify how Texans can get involved.
At this time, KTB is promoting cleanups for individuals, members of the same household or small groups (size dependent on your local government and CDC guidelines). Please follow all CDC guidance. KTB reminds Texans to stay safe when choosing to go outside and clean up your communities.
Start your Cleanup Efforts Today!
We are thrilled to kick-off the 2021 Great American Cleanup. To request supplies for your community improvement event(s), we ask that you fill out this quick form to register your cleanup and get your supplies. Be sure to order supplies 3 weeks prior to your scheduled cleanup to ensure timely shipment. Events scheduled further than three weeks away will receive supplies prior to the event. For those who have already completed your event, please submit your wrap-up report no later than TWO WEEKS after your event.
Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup (GAC) is the nation’s largest community improvement program, taking place annually each spring from March through May.
Even after more than 25 years of the Don’t mess with Texas® campaign, litterbugs still roam the roadways, tossing trash from their car windows and letting litter fly out of their truck beds. We’re talking about cigarette butts, fast food wrappers, and the like. They’re small, but they’re still trash.
The Texas Adopt-a-Highway program, which is the premier litter prevention campaign of the Texas Department of Transportation, began in 1985, when the Tyler Civitan Club adopted a two-mile stretch of Highway 69. Adopt-a-Highway currently has more than 3,800 participating groups across the state, saving the state $3+ million a year in litter pickup.
This program is on hold for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Check back next summer for continuation status.
Su salud y seguridad son la máxima prioridad para nosotros en el Departamento de Transporte de Texas (TxDOT) y en la iniciativa Keep Texas Beautiful. Con el propósito de hacer nuestro aporte para ayudar a reducir el riesgo de COVID-19, para garantizar la seguridad de todos los voluntarios se cancelará el operativo de Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off programado inicialmente para el 4 de abril.
Se les solicita a los grupos que posterguen todos los operativos de limpieza hasta el otoño. Los suministros que hayan solicitado se enviarán en otoño, cuando se reanuden los operativos de limpieza. ¡Valoramos todo el trabajo que hacen nuestros voluntarios para ayudar a mantener a Texas limpio!
El operativo Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off presta servicio como líder en Texas para la Gran Limpieza Americana, el programa comunitario de mejoras más grande del país, que se realiza todos los años de marzo a mayo. El programa apoya los esfuerzos para limpiar de basura los bordes de las carreteras de Texas e incluye limpiezas que se realizan del 1.° al 30 de abril.