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Texas Litter Database

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.

HARC received funding from the Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation to create the online platform to Study, Track, remOve and Prevent litter, which became known as the Texas Litter Database. Keep Texas Beautiful joined HARC, BlackCat GIS, and the Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation in the development of the Texas Litter Database and is the database host.

Texas Litter Database

Using the Texas Litter database for your Fall Sweep Data? Start here.

The Event Wrap-Up Guide includes information about how to use the Litter Database and submit your Fall Sweep event data. 

Event Wrap-Up Guide

Texas Litter Database: Deep Dive Training Webinar Recording

Enter your Fall Sweep data

What is the Texas Litter Database?

What is the Texas Litter Database?

HARC received funding from the Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation to create the online platform for the STOP: Texas Litter Database. 

STOP Litter banner

Stop stands for Study, Track, Remove and Prevent, which is the methodology behind the Texas Litter Database. The Texas Litter Database is a central state database that organizes all trash and marine debris data (locations, quantities, types, counts). The data are available to all users – either through viewing on the maps and graphs page, or through data downloads.

For detailed trash collection using the STOP method, track a line and note the distance, say 100 ft and pick up every single piece of trash you see. The width of the transect doesn't matter, but make it reasonable – for waterways, do water’s edge to high-water line. Try to get any piece of trash the size of a cigarette butt or larger. After you've collected all the trash, record the number of individual items directly in the new trash report page. Be sure to mark trash in the correct row and to fill out your site information! STOP Texas Litter Database requires a registered account to report. 

What is Take 2 for Texas?

What is Take 2 for Texas?

Take 2 for Texas is a rapid assessment method of data counting and tracking you can do anywhere! Take just two minutes to pick up and count all the plastic bottles you can see as you walk along slowly and then enter your count into the database. We are hoping to get Take 2 bottle counts all across the great state of Texas!

Database History

Database History

In 2017, the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), BlackCat GIS, the Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Galveston Bay Estuary Program helped convene stakeholders in the Houston-Galveston region, who are concerned about trash and debris in bayous, on beaches, and in Galveston Bay. The stakeholders developed an action plan that identified the need for a central database that organizes all trash and marine debris data (locations, quantities, type of trash, etc.). HARC received funding from the Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation to create the online platform for (Study, Track, Remove and Prevent) STOP: Texas Litter Database. 

Keep Texas Beautiful joined HARC, BlackCat GIS, and the Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation in the development of the Texas Litter Database and is proud to host the database.

How do I use the database?

How do I use the database?

User Guide

Download the Field Worksheet

This printable worksheet includes information you will be asked to enter into the Litter Database. 

Event Wrap-Up Guide

The Event Wrap-Up Guide includes information about how to use the Litter Database and submit your event data.

Texas Litter Database: Deep Dive Training Webinar Recording

Watch this webinar recording to learn the ins and outs of the Litter Database and how you can use it to benefit both your organization and Texas as a whole. Explore this powerful tool with us, learn how to enter and download data and get answers to frequently asked questions from the KTB team. 

Enter your data


NEWS

Texas's First Litter Database Launches

As the only database tracking detailed litter information for Texas, this tool revolutionizes how KTB affiliates collect and report cleanup data.

Keep Texas BeautifulBlack Cat GIS and HARC launched the first-ever Texas Litter Database in 2021, a project funded by The Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation. Accessible through any smart device or computer, this online tool available here will enable municipal employees, volunteers and others to better track and analyze litter collected during cleanups. In addition to regular cleanups, the site introduces Take 2 For Texas, a new fast and easy way to contribute data to the database. 2 Minutes Can Make a Difference on Aquatic Trash. 

In 2017, HARC helped convene key stakeholders representing over 25 local nonprofit organizations and government agencies to develop a Galveston Bay Watershed Trash and Litter Action Plan that addresses the problem of trash and litter in the region’s bayous, on its beaches, and in Galveston Bay. The Action Plan also identified the need for a central database that organizes trash and marine debris data such as location, quantity, and type of trash.

Maia Corbitt, Director of Mission and Giving for the Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation, says “The tools to analyze and compare data from all the great work being done to clean up litter, will help organizations and advocates build solutions that prevent litter in the first place.  The Foundation is really excited to support this project.”   

Since 2019, HARC has been working with the Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation, Keep Texas Beautiful, and Black Cat GIS to develop new field methodologies to generate much-needed data documenting litter and trash in streams, bayous, reservoirs, and bays of Texas. The team then worked together to develop the first-of-its-kind database that can be used to promote efforts to reduce, remove, and research trash and litter in waterways in the region and beyond.

“We have really enjoyed working with HARC and the Foundation on this project,” says Sara Nichols, KTB Program Director. “We are excited to be able to provide a single repository for Texas litter data that is accessible and can be used for future policy, programmatic and educational purposes.”

“This project will provide a unique opportunity to better track and report litter collection efforts,” states Dr. Stephanie Glenn, HARC Program Director. “The partnership behind the project is a science-based effort that will result in metrics to inform actionable science.”

“The Texas Litter Database will encourage people to get out and explore waterways around their home. You can’t grasp the scale of the problem until you see it yourself first-hand. Citizen scientists will be contributing invaluable data to help guide litter management and policy decisions, all while making their little corner of Texas cleaner and healthier one cleanup at a time,” says Amanda Hackney of Black Cat GIS.

The Texas Litter Database is accessible online and with any smart device or computer at www.txlitter.org. In addition, the Texas Litter Story Map is an educational tool that provides information about plastic pollution in Texas and instructions on how to use the database. Learn more at www.harcresearch.org/txlitter


The Texas Litter Database was created for Keep Texas Beautiful by HARC in partnership with BlackCat GIS with funding from the Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation.