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How YOU Can Help Reduce Roadside Litter

Blog Post Written by Colton Mitchell, KTB Intern.  April is Roadside Cleanup Month! Clean roadways are vital to environmental health, so it is super important to do our part to keep them as clean as possible. A large part of the pollution on roadways comes from things people throw out of their car windows, this is detrimental to our envir...

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Affiliate of the Month: Keep Levelland Beautiful

Levelland, county seat of Hockley County, is located on the Llano Estacado, 30 miles west of Lubbock and established in 1912 by C.W. Post. Levelland's population is 13,762 and is the 189th largest city in Texas. Keep Levelland Beautiful is happy to serve this rural community on the move.  Just like so many other affiliates, the current pa...

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Affiliate of the Month: Keeping it Clean With Friendswood

Friendswood encompasses 21 square miles and is nestled between Houston and the Gulf Coast. Friendswood has grown from a small, close-knit Quaker community into a city with over 40,000 residents. Yet, after 125 years, Friendswood has maintained the charm and volunteer spirit of a small Texas town. Friendswood's anchor is Stevenson Park with rolling ...

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KTB 101: Acronyms

Are you versed in the KTB lingo? When I began working at Keep Texas Beautiful, I admittedly was not. I actually printed a list of KTB acronyms to refer to, so I could know what everyone was talking about! Affiliates would call and email wanting supplies for the GAC (Great American Cleanup) and DMWTTO (Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off)...

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Ten Texas Middle School Students Win Statewide Contest to Write Catchiest New Slogans for Iconic Don't mess with Texas® Trashcans

More than 400 middle school students from across the state showed off their creative side by entering the Don't mess with Texas® Middle School Can Slogan Contest in 2015. Organized by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Keep Texas Beautiful, middle school students were asked to write their own inventive slogan to be featured on a Don't mess with Texas® trashcan.
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Three Dallas-Fort Worth Area Students Win Keep Texas Beautiful and Don't mess with Texas College Scholarships

AUSTIN (May 8, 2014) - Paying for college just got a little easier for Sonia Campos (Dr. Ralph H. Poteet High School, Mesquite), Caroline Carr (Trinity High School, Euless) and Krystal Johnson (Lamar High School, Arlington). The three students were recognized for their work promoting a litter-free community and each recieved a scholarship from Keep Texas Beautiful the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Don't mess with Texas Scholarship.

Campos, Carr and Johnson were three of the more than 700 Texas high school seniors who applied for this year's Don't mess with Texas scholarships. Applications were judged based on student essays detailing creative solutions to litter problems.

"Winners of the Don't Mess with Texas scholarship exemplify not only hard work in the classroom but a commitment to litter prevention in their communities," said Margo Richards, Travel Information Division Director at TxDOT.

The three scholarship recipients were recognized for the following:

  • Campos ensures youth in her community stay engaged in the fight against littering as an intern for Keep Mesquite Beautiful and president of the organization's Youth Environmental Leaders.
  • Carr worked with the city of Bedford's public works department to design and install 10 interactive signs at community parks with creeks, asking people to help keep the creeks clean.
  • Johnson directed, filmed and produced a public service announcement concerning the littering problem at her high school and in her city and worked with her church's youth group to conduct monthly "Trashenger Hunts" to collect trash in Arlington's public spaces.

"Texans ages 16 to 34 are those who are most likely to litter, so it's important that we reach them while they are young to teach them how to prevent litter in their schools and hometowns," said Cathie Gail, Executive Director, Keep Texas Beautiful. "Caroline, Sonia and Krystal are leading the charge in their communities to keep our state litter-free and beautiful, so we wanted to recognize their efforts with these scholarships."

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