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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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Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off


Updated 7/6/2020

Your health and safety are our number one priority at TxDOT and Keep Texas Beautiful. In order to do our part to help reduce the risk of COVID-19, the Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off previously scheduled for April 4 will be canceled to ensure the safety of all volunteers.

Groups are asked to postpone all cleanups. If you have requested supplies, they will be shipped when cleanups resume. We appreciate all the work our volunteers do to help keep Texas clean!

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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Keep Texas Beautiful Fall Sweep

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! 

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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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Great American Cleanup

Updated 5/27/2020

Keep America Beautiful has announced that the Great American Cleanup (GAC) will resume, starting June 1 and run through Oct.18. Keep Texas Beautiful participates annually in this national program but we wanted to clarify how Texans can get involved.

KTB looks forward to resuming group cleanups when it is safe for large gatherings. At this time, we are promoting individual cleanups or joining members of your household only. Please follow all local, county, and state guidance. KTB reminds Texans to stay safe when choosing to go outside and clean up your communities.

When picking up litter, KTB recommends participants to do so responsibly and at their comfort level. Your cleanup group should include only members of your household. 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. 

Until we can safely resume large gatherings, KTB will not provide cleanup supplies. We look forward to shipping cleanup supplies again when we can join neighbors and friends out in our communities!

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

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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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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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RACA - River Access and Conservation Areas

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

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Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off


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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