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by Kirsten Sorensen, Cleanups and Research Programs Manager

Fall Sweep has officially wrapped for the 2023 season, and while the wrap-up reports trickle in,  we love hearing about your results!

As many folks have learned from experience, you often run into things you don’t expect while out cleaning up your communities. Here is a list of some of the most unusual items that your groups found while out in the field.

images of a laptop going in a shredder, a chair in water, a tablet, and a white toilet
Can’t Get Away From the Office
  • Decator: A laptop inside of a shredder
  • Aransas County: An office chair found floating in the bay
  • Levelland: A tablet
  • Nolanville: Porcelain toilet on the side of the road
Now, How Did THAT Get Here?
  • Missouri City: Part of a USPS mailbox
  • Lewisville: Two foot tall Pokémon Squirtle Toy 
  • Whitehouse: 75 full bottles of Modelo beer
  • League City: Basketball backboard found in a creek
  • Fulshear: Out of state license plate
  • Weston Lakes: A dumbbell
how did that get here? Icons of dumbbell, pokemon toy, many beer bottles, and a mailbox
a raccoon skull, driver's license, and a rubber lizard with human
Creepy Vibes
  • Haltom City: Intact raccoon skull
  • Polk County: Rubber lizard with human appendages
  • Gun Barrel City: A Texas driver’s license
Lost and Found
  • Pearland: Plastic dinosaur toy
  • Burleson: A full-sized grill and smoker
  • Plainview: A guitar
  • Jones Creek Beautification Committee: A kitten!
guitar, smoker and grill, toy dinosaur and a kitten

Thank you for your hard work picking up and disposing/rehoming some of these challenging items! We hope you had fun this Fall Sweep season. We look forward to the Great American Cleanup coming this spring.

To prepare for the spring cleanup season, join us for our webinar on

Getting Ready for Spring Cleanups: Great American Cleanup and the Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off Webinar 

January 31st from 12:00 – 1:00 PM.