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Texas Litter Database


Texas Litter DatabaseKeep 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.

HARC received funding from the Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation to create the online platform to Study, Track, remOve and Prevent litter, which became known as the Texas Litter Database. Keep Texas Beautiful joined HARC, BlackCat GIS, and the Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation in the development of the Texas Litter Database and is the database host.

How individuals can take action​ in 2 minutes

Find a spot outside… by a waterway, in a park, along a road. Count every plastic bottle you pickup for two minutes. Only one person should count or pick up bottles during the two minutes.           

  1. Pick up and count plastic bottles for two minutes as you walk slowly through an area.  Look carefully, bottles are great at hiding and can be hard to see!                                        

  2. At the end of the two minutes, write down how many bottles you picked up and put the bottles in a recycling or trash bin.               

  3. Go to www.txlitter.org, click the Take2 icon, and report the number of bottles you collected.

 

Tips:  

  1. Feel free to separate and recycle any empty, clean bottles. 

  2. Bottles that are not clean and empty should be disposed of in a trash bin.    

  3. Feel free to pick up all other litter in the area after your 2-minute bottle count.

 

Using the Texas Litter database for your cleanup data? Start here.

Litter Database User Guide

Event Wrap-Up Guide for KTB Affiliates

Texas Litter Database: Deep Dive Training Webinar Recording

What is the Texas Litter Database?

What is the Texas Litter Database?

HARC received funding from the Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation to create the online platform for the STOP: Texas Litter Database. 

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STOP stands for Study, Track, remOve and Prevent, which is the methodology behind the Texas Litter Database. The Texas Litter Database is a central state database that organizes all trash and marine debris data (locations, quantities, types, counts). The data are available to all users – either through viewing on the maps and graphs page, or through data downloads.

For detailed trash collection using the STOP method, track a line and note the distance, say 100 ft and pick up every single piece of trash you see. The width of the transect doesn't matter, but make it reasonable – for waterways, do water’s edge to high-water line. Try to get any piece of trash the size of a cigarette butt or larger. After you've collected all the trash, record the number of individual items directly in the new trash report page. Be sure to mark trash in the correct row and to fill out your site information! STOP Texas Litter Database requires a registered account to report. 

What is Take 2 for Texas?

What is Take 2 for Texas?

Take 2 for Texas is a rapid assessment method of data counting and tracking you can do anywhere! Take just two minutes to pick up and count all the plastic bottles you can see as you walk along slowly and then enter your count into the database. We are hoping to get Take 2 bottle counts all across the great state of Texas!

Database History

Database History

In 2017, the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), BlackCat GIS, the Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Galveston Bay Estuary Program helped convene stakeholders in the Houston-Galveston region, who are concerned about trash and debris in bayous, on beaches, and in Galveston Bay. The stakeholders developed an action plan that identified the need for a central database that organizes all trash and marine debris data (locations, quantities, type of trash, etc.). HARC received funding from the Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation to create the online platform for (Study, Track, Remove and Prevent) STOP: Texas Litter Database. 

Keep Texas Beautiful joined HARC, BlackCat GIS, and the Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation in the development of the Texas Litter Database and is proud to host the database.

How do I use the database?

How do I use the database?

User Guide

Download the Field Worksheet

This printable worksheet includes information you will be asked to enter into the Litter Database. 

Event Wrap-Up Guide

The Event Wrap-Up Guide includes information about how to use the Litter Database and submit your event data.

Texas Litter Database: Deep Dive Training Webinar Recording

Watch this webinar recording to learn the ins and outs of the Litter Database and how you can use it to benefit both your organization and Texas as a whole. Explore this powerful tool with us, learn how to enter and download data and get answers to frequently asked questions from the KTB team. 

Enter your data


ABOUT TAKE 2

Take 2 for Texas is a campaign to encourage individuals and citizen scientists to help track and reduce litter in the state of Texas.  It features a short time frame and a single item, plastic bottles. Take 2 data entry can be easily accessed on a mobile device and encourages citizens to participate in important data collection for the Texas Litter Database. 

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NEWS

Texas's First Litter Database Launches (July 2021)


The Texas Litter Database was created for Keep Texas Beautiful by HARC in partnership with BlackCat GIS with funding from the Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation. 

The Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation (GBHFF) is a charitable foundation whose purpose is to decrease litter through research and policy. The GBHFF awarded Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) a grant to help create consistent data collection for litter cleanup activities and best practices and preventative measures for communities across the state.

As part of the GBHFF’s Texas Clean and Healthy initiative, KTB also received a grant to host a series of regional stakeholder meetings. In light of the panedemic, litter cleanups and waste collection are changing, and discussions held during these stakeholder meetings identified key issues that community groups, local governments, waste industry, and other stakeholders are facing to keep their communities safe, healthy and clean in the future. 

The regional stakeholder meetings culminated in a statewide meeting in October 2020, aimed at collecting information on how solid waste management can be improved in the state of Texas. The information from the regional events on what is needed to help create a more efficient waste stream was then utilized in the statewide litter event to build consensus for specific efforts through policy and education. The data collected from the activities of both grants will inform future educational and policy initiatives and will be publicly available to decision makers.

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