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April 5, 2013

Talking trash – as in removal

Local groups taking part in Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off

PARKER COUNTY — It’s spring-cleaning time in Texas.

On Saturday, more than 82,000 volunteers will take part in the 28th Annual Great Texas Trash-Off, one of the nation’s largest one-day litter pickup events. Part of the Don’t Mess with Texas litter prevention campaign, the Trash-Off is organized by the Texas Department of Transportation and Keep Texas Beautiful.

In Parker County, there are a total of seven groups volunteering to pick up litter in April. The groups participating are: Enbridge Energy, Fort Worth Motorcycle Riders (FWMR), Springcreek Baptist Church, The Bessire Family, The National Vietnam War Museum and Weatherford Chamber Jr. Ambassadors.

The Fort Worth district is made up of nine counties including Erath, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise. In those counties, there are 88 Adopt-a-Highway groups with more than 850 volunteers who help keep our roadways free of litter. Saturday, many of these groups will be participating in the Texas Trash-Off and cleaning up area highways.

Many area roadways are still available to be adopted. For more information visit http://www.dot.state.tx.us/trv/aah/.

Research shows there are approximately 1.1 billion pieces on litter on Texas highways.  The number of people and the amount of traffic continue to rise in Texas so more volunteers are needed to help pick up litter and debris. Help showcase Texas roadsides and take part in this event. 

“Don’t Mess with Texas is an iconic brand and campaign that we want people to be proud of and that helps keep our state clean,” said Ted Houghton, Chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission. “It’s our shared responsibility to prevent littering and to pick up after ourselves when traveling around our great state.”

“We want to remind all Texans and visitors that trash belongs in a trash can and not along our roadways,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT’s executive director. “That’s why trash barrels are playing a key role in the re-launch of Don’t mess with Texas, our state’s most critical and successful anti-litter campaign.”

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