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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.

  • Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off

    Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off

    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 1 through May 31.

    The Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off is part of the partnership between Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation. Participants can receive trash bags, volunteer giveaways, promotional items, and more.

    Everyone can participate! Volunteers come from all walks of life: students, business leaders, civic and non-profit organizations, individuals, families, community groups, sororities, fraternities, sports teams, military, etc. If you have some free time, please volunteer and make a difference.

    Add your event to the calendar

    To ensure timely delivery of materials, please submit your order at least two weeks prior to your event.

    Want to volunteer for the Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off? Find an event near you!

    Complete Your Wrap-Up Report


    Resources

    • Download a Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off Data Card to prepare for your event.
    • Great American Cleanup/Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off Toolkit
      If you have registered for an event, the toolkit gives you access to tips, tools and other Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off resource materials. For additional information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    • Event Tips and Ideas Webinar: Great American Cleanup and Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off
      You can now listen to a pre-recorded version of the Event Tips and Ideas webinar at your convenience. Please note that you will have to complete a brief registration form to access the recording. 

    Please note: Participants interested in using the Don’t mess with Texas logo must receive prior approval from TxDOT as Don’t mess with Texas is federally registered and owned by TxDOT, thus cannot be used without permission.

    The use of the Don’t mess with Texas logo for the printing of t-shirts is not allowed, regardless of if they are not for profit. You may use the Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off logo, as part of our agreement with TxDOT, but the Don’t mess with Texas logo by itself cannot be used.

    If you have any questions as to which logo needs approval, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    Most Unusual Item Contest

    Enter to win a $100 Lowe’s gift certificate!

    To enter, add a picture of your "Most Unusual Item" to your event wrap-up report. One entry per wrap-up report - must be completed by June 8 to be included in the contest. Items will be judged at the KTB annual conference with the winner announced in mid-June.

  • Great American Cleanup

    Great American Cleanup

    Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement program, taking place annually from March 1 through May 31.

    Activities can include beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning waterways, handling recycling collections, picking up litter, removing graffiti, planting trees and conducting educational programs and litter-free events — anything that keeps your community beautiful!

    add your event to the calendar

    To ensure timely delivery of materials, please submit your order at least two weeks prior to your event.


    Resources

    • Download the Great American Cleanup Data Cards
    • Download the Great American Cleanup Poster
    • Great American Cleanup/Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off Toolkit
      If you have registered for an event, the toolkit gives you access to tips, tools and other Great American Cleanup resource materials. For additional information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    • Event Tips and Ideas Webinar: Great American Cleanup and Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off Webinar
      You can now listen to a pre-recorded version of the Event Tips and Ideas Webinar at your convenience. Please note that you will have to complete a brief registration form to access the recording.

    Most Unusual Item Contest

    Enter to win a $200 Lowe’s gift certificate!

    To enter, add a picture of your “Most Unusual Item” to your event wrap up report. One entry per wrap up report – must be completed by June 1 to be included in the contest.

    Items will be judged at the KTB annual conference and the winner will be announced in mid-June.

    complete your wrap up report

  • Keep Texas Waterways Clean

    Keep Texas Waterways Clean

    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.

    Keep Texas Beautiful wants to make Texas waterways the cleanest, most beautiful waterways in the nation. When you participate in this program, KTB will provide you with:

    • Waterway Cleanup Kits, including: trash bags, onion bags, gloves, sunscreen and trash grabbers. (Materials will be based on the number of volunteers expected, and are available on a first come, first served basis).
    • Cleanup Event Hosting Toolkit, including: guidelines, best practices, sample liability form, etc.

    ADDITIONAL DETAILS AND CRITERIA

    • To participate, your community must be located within 30 miles of an H-E-B or Central Market store location.
    • In order to ensure timely arrival of materials, please register cleanup event three weeks prior to the scheduled cleanup date.
    • A wrap up report must be completed within 14 days of your cleanup.

    register a waterway cleanup

    add your event to the calendar

    For additional information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    FUNDING PROVIDED BY:

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  • Texas Parks and Wildlife River Access Project

    Texas Parks and Wildlife River Access Project

    Keep Texas Beautiful is partnering with the Texas Park and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to provide support and supplies for litter clean up events at TPWD River Access and Conservation Area (RACA) sites this year.

    We are currently seeking affiliates and other organizations interested in hosting cleanups at RACA sites. KTB and TPWD provide supplies, funds and other resources to support these cleanup events.

    View a list of RACA sites. To learn more and register an event, please contact Christine Chute Canul.

    This project is part of a federal grant from the USDA to build partnerships that offer river access across private property in Texas. KTB and its over 390 affiliates will be responsible for hosting these litter clean up events over the next two years. We hope to improve the state of Texas rivers and streams and in turn, boost tourism and local economies.

    Resources

  • Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

    Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

    Cigarette butts are litter. Research shows that individuals who would never consider littering an aluminum can or paper, may well be littering cigarette butts.

    Although overall cigarette smoking in America has decreased, cigarette litter is an emerging litter problem in communities around the country. Dropping cigarette butts to the ground, putting them in planters, and disposing of them in waterways is littering. According to Keep America Beautiful research, the overall littering rate for cigarette butts is 65%, and tobacco products comprise 38% of all U.S. roadway litter. Cigarette litter is unsightly, costly to clean up, and harmful to wildlife and waterways.

    Are you interested in addressing this problem in your community? Take a look at Keep America Beautiful’s Guide to Cigarette Litter Prevention, a valuable program you can use to improve your community.

    Updates regarding the 2018 grant program will be shared at a later date.

  • Report a Litterer

    Report a Litterer

    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.

    When you witness someone littering, write down the following information:

    • license plate number
    • make of vehicle
    • time of day
    • location
    • date
    • who tossed the litter (driver, passenger, or accidental)
    • what was tossed

    Then, visit TxDOT’s Report a Litterer to report the incident, and the litterer will receive a Don’t mess with Texas litterbag, along with a letter reminding them to keep trash off of Texas roads.

  • Adopt-a-Highway

    Adopt-a-Highway

    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. Special thanks go to the 147 groups who have gone the extra two miles to keep Texas beautiful for 20 years or more.

    Adopting a piece of Texas highway is simple! You agree to take charge of a two-mile stretch of road for a minimum of two years; and once approved, you agree to clean your portion of the highway at least four times per year.

    The Adopt-a-Highway program will post signs with your group’s name along your adopted section of road, and will provide volunteers with safety vests, litterbags and the appropriate training. Do your part to keep Texas highways beautiful!

  • Adopt-A-Beach

    Adopt-A-Beach

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

    For 30 years, program volunteers have picked up more than 8,000 tons of trash from Texas beaches. By becoming an official Beach Guardian in the Texas Adopt-A-Beach program, you will join a network of concerned Texans dedicated to keeping our coast clean, safe, and beautiful.

    The program strives to raise public awareness, educate citizens about the source of debris, and generate public support for state, national and international action to clean up coastal waters. Do your part to keep Texas beaches beautiful!

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