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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Great American Cleanup

KTB encourages cleanups carried out by individuals, members of the same household or small groups (size dependent on your local government guidelines). Please review our COVID-19 Disclosure and ensure that your event falls within local, county and state guidelines. Additional guidelines and resources can be found on the KTB COVID-19 page. Questions? Email Karen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Keep Texas Beautiful is proud to participate in Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup (GAC), the nation’s largest community improvement program, taking place annually each spring from March through May. 

Supply requests are now closed for 2022. 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. 

 

Submit Event Photos

Submit Clean-up Data


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MONTHLY CLEANUP THEMES 

To help inspire events in your community, we've created monthly themes. 

  • March: Waterways Cleanup Month presented by Dos Equis
    Kicks off on the first Saturday in March with the Great Texas River Cleanup.
     
  • April: Don't Mess With Texas Trash-Off
    The program supports efforts to clear Texas roadsides of litter and includes cleanups taking place April 1-30.

  • May: Parks and Trails Month 
    Beautify public spaces in your community.

These themed months are not required and any event or project conducted from March 1—May 31, regardless of the focus, will be counted towards the Great American Cleanup and eligible for free supplies. Questions about our cleanups or themed months? Contact Karen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Start a Cleanup!

Who: Texans who want to get involved in their local community.

Cleanup Flat Lay GAC WEBWhat: The Great American Cleanup is a program to support the efforts of KTB and KAB Affiliates, nonprofits, volunteers, corporations, scout groups and communities to join forces and beautify communities through beautification events, recycling events, litter cleanups and more. Registered participants will have access to the online event toolkit and KTB affiliates will receive trash bags, recycle bags, gloves and a banner.

When: The Great American Cleanup is held March through May each year. Supply orders open on MLK Day. Be sure to order supplies 3 weeks prior to your scheduled cleanup to ensure timely shipment. An event wrap-up report must be completed within two weeks of the event date.

Where: Great American Cleanup events can take place in any public area in your community needing some attention. We recommend parks, schools, main street/downtown, watershed areas, and roadways. 


Ways to get involved: 

Contact your local KTB Affiliate

Find your local affiliate and let them know you want to get involved with the Great American Cleanup!

Find your local affiliate here.

Join a Great American Cleanup in your community

Check out our calendar to see if there is a cleanup being organized in your community you can join!

Check out Great American Cleanup events happening here.

Organize your own Great American Cleanup

There's not a Great American Cleanup happening in your community? Organize your own!


Great American Cleanup Toolkit

  • Ready to organize your own Great American Cleanup event? Here's what to do next:

    Review COVID-19 Guidelines 

    When picking up litter, KTB recommends participants do so responsibly and at their comfort level. Please have participants wear a face mask and disposable gloves, and use a litter grabber (when available). Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from passersby and those not from your immediate household. 

    When participants are finished collecting litter, please make sure their trash bags are securely tied to protect sanitation workers. Advise them to immediately wash their hands with soap and water and hand sanitizer after collecting litter. Please have them dispose of their single-use face masks and disposable gloves properly and in the waste bin.  Please follow all CDCl guidelines surrounding COVID-19. 

    Additional guidelines and resources can be found on the KTB COVID-19 page. 

    Pick a Project
    The Great American Cleanup prompts individuals to take greater responsibility for their local environment by conducting grassroots community service projects that engage volunteers, local businesses, and civic leaders. A successful Great American Cleanup project must fulfill the needs of the local community. You can host a community cleanup, a greening and beautification event, conduct a community-wide educational workshop, or host a recycling event. 

    Register Your Event with Keep Texas Beautiful
    Use this form to request your cleanup supplies and materials. You must also register your event in our events calendar. Affiliates must sign into the Affiliate portal to do so, while non-affiliate members must submit manually online. 

    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.

    Resources

    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.
  • Ready to start cleaning up? Here's what to do next.

    Set-Up
    Arrive early to set up and post appropriate signage for attendees. At your check-in station, ensure you have pens, pencils, and sign-in sheets ready for your volunteers.

    What to Tell Volunteers
    This will depend on the type of event you're hosting. Be prepared for everything. Make sure group leaders have a volunteer welcome and safety speech to give. For cleanups, provide a volume to weight estimation sheet and data card. Consider other things you might want from volunteers, such as a photo release waiver.

    Establish a point-person to stay at the check-in station in case of health emergencies or any late arrivals.

    Document the Cleanup
    Take 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  #GreatAmericanCleanup.
    If you're hosting a cleanup, remind volunteers 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. 


    Resources

  • Finished sweeping up? Here's what to do next.

    Submit your Wrap-Up Report
    Wrap-up reports must be submitted TWO WEEKS after your event. After your volunteers submit their data online, encourage them to share it on social media and with their local press! We have a great resource to help you with closing out your cleanup - How to Wrap Up your Cleanup.

    If you have any questions, or would like to share photos or highlights, feel free to reach out to Keep Texas Beautiful:

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Mail: Keep Texas Beautiful
    Attn: Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off
    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 Thanks

    Send out an email saying, “Look what we did!” Include how many friends, family and community members joined in and the weight of trash were collected. Celebrate your accomplishment as a cleanup organizers and ocean advocate. Thank you!

    Resource


Wrap-Up Report Resources

Looking for more information about how to enter your cleanup data? The Event Wrap-Up Guide includes information about how to use the Litter Database and submit your event data. 

Litter Database User Guide

Event Wrap-Up Guide for Affiliates

Texas Litter Database: Deep Dive Training Webinar Recording


Great American Cleanup Impact

The data in the following infographic includes Great American Cleanup and all other activities performed during the period of March 1 - May 31.

2021 Great American Cleanup results

 


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How to involve kids in your cleanup (with advice from a Young Texan Ambassador)

Spring Cleaning With The Great American Cleanup
Cleanups of All Sizes

 

 

Spanish Language Guide

 

Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off

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Actualizado 6/7/2020

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

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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 through May.

The program supports efforts to clear Texas roadsides of litter and includes cleanups taking place April 1-30.

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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 litter and includes cleanups taking place April 1-30.

The Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off is part of Texas Department of Transportation's litter prevention program, which includes Don’t mess with Texas, Adopt-a-Highway, and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful. Participants can receive cleanup supplies, promotional items and a host of resources found in our toolkit below.

Anyone can participate! Volunteers come from all walks of life: students, civic and non-profit organizations, individuals, community groups, sports teams and more.

Your health and safety are our number one priority at TxDOT and Keep Texas Beautiful. KTB reminds Texans to stay safe when choosing to go outside and clean up your communities.


Start a Cleanup!

Who: Texans who want to get involved in their local community

What: The Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off is a program to support efforts to clear Texas roadways of litter. Registered participants will have access to the online event toolkit and KTB affiliates will receive trash bags, recycle bags, gloves and a banner.

Supplies are reserved for KTB affiliates on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are not currently involved with your affiliate and are hoping to host a local cleanup, we encourage you to connect with your local affiliate. If your community does not have an active KTB affiliate, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with more information on your cleanup.

When: April 1-30. Be sure to order supplies 3 weeks prior to your scheduled cleanup to ensure timely shipment. Cleanup data must be submitted within two weeks of the event date.

Where: Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off events can take place on any TxDOT-maintained roadway.


Contact your local KTB Affiliate

Find your local affiliate and let them know you want to get involved in the Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off!
Join a Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off cleanup in your community
Check out our calendar to see if there is a cleanup being organized in your community you can join!
Organize your own Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off cleanup
There's not a Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off happening in your community? Organize your own! 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. Please note: supplies orders are now closed for 2022.
Stop Litter Before it Starts
Reduce your waste. From straws at fast food drive-thrus, to plastic grocery bags to plastic bottled drinks—there are ways to cut down on waste before it ends up in your vehicle and possibly on the road. For example, get reusable containers for water and to bag your groceries or refuse extra food packaging when you grab a bite to eat.

 

Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off Toolkit

1. Review Covid-19 Guidelines

When picking up litter, KTB recommends participants to do so responsibly and at their comfort level. Please have participants wear a face mask and disposable gloves, and use a litter grabber (when available). Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from passersby and those not from your immediate household.

When participants are finished collecting litter, please make sure their trash bags are securely tied to protect sanitation workers. Advise them to immediately wash their hands with soap and water and hand sanitizer after collecting litter. Please have them dispose of their single-use face masks and disposable gloves properly and in the waste bin. Please follow all CDC guidelines surrounding COVID-19. Additional guidelines and resources can be found on the KTB Covid-19 page.

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.
 
2.Pick a Location

Identify a location in your community that could be cleaned and that is safe and accessible. Come up with 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.

3. Request Supplies and Register Your Event with Keep Texas Beautiful

Use this form to request your cleanup supplies and materials. Be sure to register your event in our events calendar.

Request cleanup supplies

 

4. Contact Your Community

Encourage friends, family and colleagues to get involved and help organize the cleanup. Create 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 event flyers in the area.


1. Set Up

Arrive early to set up and post appropriate signage for attendees. At your check-in station, ensure you have pens, pencils and sign-in sheets ready for your volunteers.

2. What to Tell Volunteers

This will depend on the type of event your hosting. Be prepared for everything. Make sure group leaders have a volunteer welcome and safety speech to give. For cleanups, provide a volume to weight estimation sheet and data card. Consider other things you might want from volunteers, such as a photo release waiver.

Establish a point-person to stay at the check-in station in case of health emergencies or any late arrivals.

3. Document the Cleanup

Take 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 #GreatAmericanCleanup. If you're hosting a cleanup, remind volunteers 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.


Wrap-Up Report Resources

Looking for more information about how to enter your cleanup data? The Event Wrap-Up Guide includes information about how to use the Litter Database and submit your event data.

Litter Database User Guide

Event Wrap-Up Guide for Affiliates

Texas Litter Database: Deep Dive Training Webinar Recording

UPCOMING EVENTS

Check out the impact made by Don't mess with Texas®

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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 the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off Impact

The data in the following infographic only includes DMWT Trash-Off eligible activity performed between April 1 - 30.

2021 Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off Cleanup results

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Don't mess with Texas® Trash-Offs Across Texas
Cleanups of All Sizes

Keep Texas Beautiful Fall Sweep

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Fall Sweep Registration and Supply Requests will be open from August 8 - October 31, 2022 

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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. 

Event Wrap-Up Guide for KTB Affiliates 

Texas Litter Database: Deep Dive Training Webinar Recording

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. 

Questions regarding Fall Sweep and safe cleanup guidelines? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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: Fall Sweep will open September 11 and run through the Sunday before Thanksgiving. 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 and let them know you want to get involved in the KTB Fall Sweep!

Find your local affiliate here.

Join a Fall Sweep cleanup in your community

Check out our calendar to see if there is a cleanup being organized in your community you can join!

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!

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Get your Scouts involved!

SCOUT CLEANUP STARTER PACK
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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!

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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 Beautiful

    Use 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.

    Resources

  • Ready to start cleaning up? Here's what to do next.

    Set-Up

    Arrive 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 Volunteers

    Emphasize 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 Cleanup

    Take 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.

    Resources

  • 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.

    Photos and community beautification, painting, and planting event data will be submitted using the KTB Wrap Up Report.

    Please note you will need to be signed into a Google account to submit your photos. If you do not have a Google account, email your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include your affiliate name and event date in your photo name. e.g. "Keep Texas Beautiful Sept 12 2022-1" or "Keep Texas Beautiful Sept 12 2022-2."

    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:

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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 Thanks

    Send 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!

    Resources


2021 Fall Sweep Results

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Thank you to our inland partner, Ocean Conservancy, who will be using cleanup data to report to the International Coastal Cleanup. 

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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!