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Register Now for Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off

April 05, 2012

AUSTIN — Mark your calendars and register today for the next Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off on April 14, 2012.

Groups and individuals can register for the Texas Trash-Off now at www.ktb.org or by calling 1-800-CLEAN-TX.

The Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off is the state’s largest one-day litter cleanup event. It is a partnership between Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

"Trash-Off allows us to show off our state’s natural beauty from wildflowers to rolling hills—helping rid our state of litter,” said Phil Wilson, executive director of TxDOT. “Volunteers are extremely important in helping us maintain clean and safe Texas roadsides, and I encourage new and longtime volunteers to join us in April.”.

In 2011, 75,872 volunteers participated in 848 Trash-Off events across the state, and more than 6,000 miles of highway were cleared of litter and debris, totaling nearly six million pounds of trash.

“Each year this event brings together thousands of volunteers, and we expect this year’s event to be even more successful,” said Cathie Gail, executive director of Keep Texas Beautiful. “This program not only beautifies our roads across the state, it also educates and changes the attitudes and behavior of would-be litterers, preparing us for a litter-free future,” added Gail.

“Each year this event brings together thousands of volunteers, and we expect this year’s event to be even more successful,” said Cathie Gail, executive director of Keep Texas Beautiful. “This program not only beautifies our roads across the state, it also educates and changes the attitudes and behavior of would-be litterers, preparing us for a litter-free future,” added Gail.

New Litter-Fighting Tool

Trash-Off volunteers are ambassadors for the Don’t Mess with Texas campaign. These volunteers, and many other Texans, will have a new tool to fight litter—a mobile app.

For years, the “Report A Litterer” program has allowed Texans to notify TxDOT via www.DontMessWithTexas.org when they witness trash being tossed out of vehicles. Now, there’s a new, free mobile app. For instance, with the single press of a button, the littering incident and type of trash are recorded via GPS.

The new Don’t Mess with Texas app allows Texans to identify the litter they see as one of four prevalent types of trash: fast food; cigarette butts; cups, cans and bottles; and miscellaneous trash. The data is then compiled into a map that illustrates what’s being littered and where throughout Texas.

Don’t Mess with Texas Mobile App Safety Features

As a promoter of safe behavior on roadways, TxDOT has taken precautions to prevent distracted driving. When a user opens the app for the first time, the user is prompted with a reminder not to use the app while driving. Users cannot text or type into the app at any time — only tapping on the touch screen is allowed, and only one tap is needed to report litter.

About Don’t Mess with Texas

Don’t Mess with Texas, a campaign by TxDOT, has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. TxDOT’s litter prevention program also includes Adopt-a-Highway and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful. For more information, visit www.DontMessWithTexas.org or our Facebook Page.

The Texas Department of Transportation

The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its more than 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at www.txdot.gov. Fan us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

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