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Programs

Programs

Keep Texas Beautiful sponsors and supports programs that build our affiliate network and provide easy-to-use resources to clean up, recycle and make our communities greener across the state. KTB programs may be hosted locally by recognized KTB community affiliates, civic groups, businesses, schools, individuals and more. Our programs, as well as our useful resources, will help you engage your community to get more involved while building a clean and beautiful future for all Texans. 

Dig through our program offering areas to learn more about building impact in your community. Want to start small? Find an event near you. 

Affiliate Network

Affiliate Network

KTB has the largest environmental and community improvement network in the state, comprised of nearly 300 community affiliates, which have the potential to educate 19 million Texans.

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Cleanup

Cleanup

Cleanup

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.

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Cleanup Guide

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 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!

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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.

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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 Keep Texas Waterways Clean program provides support and supplies for waterway cleanups across Texas. This program is open to ALL affiliate and non-affiliate communities located within 30 miles of an H-E-B or Central Market store location.

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The Texas Adopt-A-Beach Program is an all-volunteer effort dedicated to preserving and protecting Texas Beaches.

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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.

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This program is on hold for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Check back next summer for continuation status.

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Recycling Resources

Recycling Resources

From schools and universities to households, learn about the recycling programs that we support.

Keep Texas Beautiful supports affiliate efforts in recycling programs through a few different avenues. KTB provides resources and technical assistance to affiliates looking to start or grow an existing recycling program. Due to KTB’s strong connections throughout the state, we are able to connect affiliates with local and statewide partners who are able to further assist in their own community. 

KTB also offers recycling grants to affiliates throughout the year. These grants help to get recycling programs started locally and support existing recycling efforts. These grants have helped to support purchase new recycling bins for schools and farmers markets, renovate signage at recycling centers, and even offset the cost to pave a parking spot for a recycling dumpster. Affiliate recycling programs vary widely from community to community, based on the community needs and resources.

Recycling education and resources are an important part of keeping Texas beautiful. This coupled with litter prevention efforts from partners like TxDOT help keep our Texas roadways clean and beautiful. 

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Youth

Youth

From the Waste In Place curriculum to the Patch Program, our youth programs are helping create environmental stewards, giving Texas a bright future!

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