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Keep Texas Recycling

What does Keep Texas Recycling do?

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Our Keep Texas Recycling (KTR) program, provides a variety of services that help increase recycling opportunities throughout the state of Texas.

The KTR Cooperative
Since 1994, KTR's main focus has been cooperative opportunities for recycling in rural and underserved communities. Currently, KTR has 55+ entities within the cooperative that includes civic groups, private industry, military bases, government entities and school districts. Members of the cooperative benefit from KTR's services which include: consultation on the implementation or improvement of a recycling program, contract negotiations with end-markets, community outreach and grant writing services. In the last 25 years KTR members have recycled over 300 million pounds of material. This has generated over $10.5 million in revenue for these communities and saved 463,096 cubic yards of landfill space and over $5 million in landfill fees!

Strategic Projects
KTR has worked with a variety of entities to increase recycling opportunities. This work has focused on specific commodities, hard-to-recycle items and how to improve current recycling operations through proven efficiency strategies. Projects also include public awareness campaigns focused on increasing volume of items recycled and decreasing contamination. Partnerships between national organizations, brands and government entities have helped KTR expand collection sites and items collected at these sites, which has been vital to increasing recycling access in Texas. 

Technical Assistance
KTR provides technical assistance throughout the state of Texas, to any and all communities and groups interested in recycling. The majority of this work is done through public workshops, training and webinars to reach a larger audience but can include can include site visits and individual consulting services, often crucial to understanding the needs of each community. This assistance typically includes recycling education, staff training, market assistance and capacity building. KTR has been invited to advise and work with groups in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and even Alberta, Canada!  

For more information on how COVID-19 is affecting the recycling industry and tips on keeping your staff safe, please visit the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) Resource Page


Keep Texas Recycling named a 2020 Texas Environmental Excellence Award Winner, presented by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

The Texas Environmental Excellence Awards is an annual awards program that honors achievements in environmental preservation and protection with ten award categories that provide citizens, communities, businesses, and organizations an opportunity to obtain the state’s highest environmental honor and be recognized for their environmental projects.

This civic community award honors community partner projects that work together to support environmental sustainability. Learn more about Keep Texas Recycling’s work across the state in this short video.

Want to learn more? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 512-872-6630.


 Joint Base San Antonio Qualified Recycling Program Awarded the National Recycling Hero Award 

On November 15, 2020, Joint Base San Antonio and the JBSA Qualified Recycling Program were awarded the National Recycling Hero Award from 
Keep America Beautiful. 
Ordinarily, this award goes to one singular hero, but KAB and Keep Texas Beautiful chose to honor the entire recycling team after witnessing the hard work and dedication of every member of the program. Throughout the pandemic, the recycling staff has ensured that the recycling program continues and meets the needs of the 82,000 active duty, DOD and civilian personnel who work on base, and the 138,000 students who rotate through JBSA annually for training. The JBSA Qualified Recycling Program is a Keep Texas Recycling member and has worked closely with us for many years to sustain and grow their recycling efforts. We could not be prouder of the entire team for their commitment to our Texas environment. Watch this awesome video produced by 502d Public Affairs to learn more about their recycling program.


Read the Press Release


  • Learn more about Keep Texas Recycling and its history as the Cooperative Teamwork and Recycling Assistance organization. 
  • We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment at our events and meetings. We are actively monitoring the development and impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, Keep Texas Recycling (KTR) has suspended travel. Pickups will continue as scheduled. If the situation changes, we will notify you of important updates via email, our website, and social media. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any comments or concerns.

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Grants

Looking for extra financial help for your program or organization? Find the support you need with our collection of grants and funding opportunities. KTB has a variety of pass-thru grant opportunities available to affiliates and community members across the state. There are also a variety of additional grant opportunities that are made available to qualified applicants through our friends and partners. 

Keep scrolling to check out other relevant grant opportunities KTB has compiled for you! 


H-E-B Green Bag Grants

H-E-B Green Bag Grants

The Green Bag Grants, in association with H-E-B and Central Market, provide $25,000 in funding for KTB affiliates’ new and existing programs for beautification, litter prevention, recycling, sustainability, waste reduction, water conservation, and plastic bag recycling and reduction. 

The 2021 Grant Application is now closed. Winners will be announced late Fall 2021.

Rebuilding Texas Fund Grants

Rebuilding Texas Fund Grants

The Rebuilding Texas Fund was established in August 2017 by Keep Texas Beautiful to support our affiliate communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. 

The 2021 Rebuilding Texas Fund Grants will provide financial aid to affiliates who are planning restoration or replanting projects after the February winter storm.

Grants of $500 through $5,000 will be provided through Lowe’s gift cards, which can be used to purchase materials like plants, mulch & dirt, and other landscaping supplies. 

Thank you to Keep America Beautiful for providing the Lowe's gift cards and to Dow for their support. 

 

Dos Equis Waterways Cleanup Month Grant

Dos Equis Waterways Cleanup Month Grant

KTB is proud to announce the Dos Equis Waterways Cleanup Month Grant.

Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with Dos Equis is proud to announce the 2021 Dos Equis Waterways Cleanup Month Grants to support beautification and cleanup projects that improve Texas waterways and water quality. 

The Dos Equis Waterways Cleanup Grants will provide selected affiliate communities with funding for cleanup, landscaping and/or general clean up projects that impact waterways. Five (5) affiliate projects will be chosen to receive a grant of $500.

2021 grant applications closed on February 15, 2021.

Waste Management Recycle Often, Recycle Right Grant

Waste Management Recycle Often, Recycle Right Grant

The RORR Grant will provide affiliate communities with $500 - $1,500 to purchase recycling bins to either start a new recycling program (community, office, or school) or add to an existing recycling program. Affiliates applying for the grant should already have a recycling plan in place, through either an existing recycling program or plans with a waste hauler or local government to implement a new recycling program.

The grant application is now closed.  2020 winners will be announced soon. 

Coca-Cola Public Space Recycling Grant

Coca-Cola Public Space Recycling Grant

This grant will provide KTB affiliates with monetary assistance to help strengthen their public space recycling programs. The grants should be used to increase access to recycling opportunities in parks, green spaces, recreation areas, and on city streets. The grants can range from $1,000-$2,000 and only KTB affiliates in Good Standing (or above) for 2019 are eligible to apply.  

2019 grant applications closed on December 6, 2019.

Native Garden Grants

Native Garden Grants

The Native Garden Grants in association with Nissan provides winning affiliate communities with $800.00 and support and materials to create and maintain a native plant demonstration garden. These will serve as models to educate people to grow native species.

2018 Winners have been announced; stay tuned for upcoming grant details.
Keep America Beautiful Grant Cycle

Keep America Beautiful Grant Cycle

Keep America Beautiful has moved to one grant cycle and applications are open now. This is the ONLY competitive grant announcement and program KAB intends on offering in 2021.

The stand-alone project grant applications for the Coca Cola Foundation Public Space Recycling Bins, Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, MLK Neighborhood Building, UPS Tree Planting have been combined into this comprehensive KAB Community Grant application. You can apply to one or many grants through a single application.

Questions? Please contact KAB Western Region Director, Jason Smith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 2021 deadline has passed.


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Individual and Organization Awards

Congratulations to our winners! The Keep Texas Beautiful Awards recognize individuals and organizations who have committed to enhancing their community and protecting the Lone Star State. This category identifies individuals, businesses, media outlets and government agencies who have made an impact in their community and helped further our vision to make Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. Thanks to all who applied this year. 

See our Winners

To learn more about our winners and the work they're doing in their community, read our blog


Individual Award Categories & Winners 

After much deliberation, KTB leadership decided to streamline the Individual and Organization awards by offering fewer awards categories. These changes allow for increased efficiency from staff and elevate the prestige of the KTB awards program. Also, beginning this year, there will be no application fee for the KTB Individual and Organization awards, as well as the KTB Youth and Educator awards, which opened March 9th. Winners from both awards programs will be celebrated at the KTB Annual Conference in Houston from September 28-30, 2020.  A maximum of 5 nominations per nominator per category is allowed. We reserve the right to move any submission to a different category in which it better fits.

Keep Texas Beautiful Leadership Award

The most prestigious award Keep Texas Beautiful presents, this once-in-a-lifetime distinction is awarded to an individual who has provided outstanding leadership in improving and enhancing the environment of their community, the state of Texas and beyond.

Martha Knies of Wimberley

OP Schnabel Volunteer of the Year

Recognizes individuals who support the mission of KTB through extraordinary volunteer efforts and contribute to the betterment of their community.

Sandy Schmidt of Katy 

 Organizational Award Categories

Ebby Halliday & Maurice Acers Business/Industry Award

Recognizes one business with sound environmental principles supporting the Keep Texas Beautiful mission, including locally owned, state, or national businesses.

Market Street Allen #563

Outstanding Program Award

Recognizes outstanding contributions by civic organizations and city/county/state government departments, divisions or agencies supporting the KTB mission through a specific program.

The Culinary School of Fort Worth

Outstanding Project Award

Recognizes outstanding contributions by civic organizations and city/county/state government departments supporting the KTB mission through projects or events.

Young Men's Service League of Argyle

Public Education and Outreach Award

Recognizes the public awareness and education efforts of civic organizations and city/county/state government departments in print and/or electronic media in supporting environmental issues. This award is also applicable to media outlets.

City of San Marcos- Keep San Marcos Beautiful 

To learn more about each of our winners and their stories, check out our blog


Videos of Our Winners

Keep Texas Beautiful award winners were recognized at the virtual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference held August 25-27. Check out videos of our winners below. 

2020 Keep Texas Beautiful Award Winners

Sandy Schmidt, Volunteer of the Year Award

Latina Jezek, Educator of the Year Award

Martha Knies, KTB Leadership Award

The Elise Walker Outdoor Learning Center, Sadie Ray Graff Award for Educators and Educational Institution

City of San Marcos/Keep San Marcos Beautiful, Individual & Organization Award for Public Education and Outreach


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Keep Texas Beautiful Honors 2019 Individuals and Organizations
Guest Blog: Judging for Keep Texas Beautiful’s 2019 Award Season

 

 

Grants & Awards

With KTB's three distinct awards programs, there are many opportunities to recognize the efforts of individuals, schools, businesses, and communities that work to keep the Lone Star State's environment clean.

Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA)

Each year, we help the Texas Department of Transportation award $2 million for outstanding efforts to keep local Texas communities beautiful. 

Keep Texas Beautiful Awards

The Keep Texas Beautiful Awards recognize the efforts of those making efforts to enhance their community and protect the Lone Star State. We currently provide two different award categories for Individuals and Organizations as well as Youth and Educators

Grants and Funding Opportunities

Looking for extra financial help for your program or organization? Find the support you need with our collection of grants and funding opportunities.


 Interested in participating in KTB awards season? Please help us judge the amazing nominations that we get each year for GCAA, youth, individual and organizational awards! If you'd like to be a judge, please fill out this quick application.

The application will close on February 7, 2020. 

Greening

Our greening programs contribute to our vision of making Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation.

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Youth and Educator Awards

Congratulations to our 2020 winners! Nominations for the Keep Texas Beautiful Awards honor extraordinary students, educators, and volunteers working to improve and beautify their communities. Our 2020 Winners are: 

  • Youth Individual winner, Ximena Coronado (Garland)
  • Youth Organization winner, Lake Jackson Youth Advisory Commission (Lake Jackson)
  • Educator winner, Latina Jezek (Denton)
  • Educational Institution winner, Elise Walker Outdoor Learning Center (Irving)

Thank you to all who nominated leaders in your communities and to the many youth and educators helping keep Texas beautiful. 

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Categories

RUTHE JACKSON
Recognizing the efforts and leadership of youth (as individuals and their collective efforts as a group or team) and youth-oriented organizations to beautify the community and create cleaner, greener campuses, parks and neighborhoods. 

  • Youth Individual is defined as a student, scout, youth advisory board member, etc.
  • Youth Organization is defined as a scout group, student-led organization, youth advisory board, etc.
SADIE RAY GRAFF
Recognizing the efforts of educators and educational institutions that provide instruction/programming to Pre K-college students to encourage youth involvement and promote the KTB mission through environmental education.
  • Educator is defined as a formal or informal instructor, school staff, volunteer, etc.
  • Educational Institution is defined as a school, non-profit providing educational programming, school district, off-campus club, etc.

2020 Award Winners

Learn more about our 2020 Award Winners on our blog


Videos of Our Winners

Keep Texas Beautiful award winners were recognized at the virtual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference held August 25-27. Check out videos of our winners below. 

2020 Keep Texas Beautiful Award Winners

Sandy Schmidt, Volunteer of the Year Award

Latina Jezek, Educator of the Year Award

Martha Knies, KTB Leadership Award

The Elise Walker Outdoor Learning Center, Sadie Ray Graff Award for Educators and Educational Institution

City of San Marcos/Keep San Marcos Beautiful, Individual & Organization Award for Public Education and Outreach


KTB Social Icons Blog

Featured Content

Keep Texas Beautiful Honors 2019 Youth and Educators
Guest Blog: Judging for Keep Texas Beautiful’s 2019 Award Season

 

Programs

Keep Texas Beautiful sponsors and supports programs that build our affiliate network and provide easy-to-use resources to clean up, recycle and make our communities greener across the state. KTB programs may be hosted locally by recognized KTB community affiliates, civic groups, businesses, schools, individuals and more. Our programs, as well as our useful resources, will help you engage your community to get more involved while building a clean and beautiful future for all Texans. 

Dig through our program offering areas to learn more about building impact in your community. Want to start small? Find an event near you. 

Affiliate Network

Affiliate Network

KTB has the largest environmental and community improvement network in the state, comprised of nearly 300 community affiliates, which have the potential to educate 19 million Texans.

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Cleanup

Cleanup

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. 

Which cleanup is right for me?


Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off

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Your health and safety are our number one priority at TxDOT and Keep Texas Beautiful. At this time, KTB is promoting cleanups for individuals, members of the same household or small groups (size dependent on your local government and CDC guidelines). Please follow all CDC guidance. KTB reminds Texans to stay safe when choosing to go outside and clean up your communities. Additional guidelines and resources can be found on the KTB COVID-19 page. Questions? Email Karen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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

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Ready to report your Fall Sweep event data? Let's get started . . . 

Did you host a cleanup?

Yes

No

Enter Cleanup Data Submit a Check-In Form

Submit event photos

Fall Sweep Resources

Looking for more information about how to enter your Fall Sweep data? The Event Wrap-Up Guide includes information about how to use the Litter Database* and submit your event data. Check out our Fall Sweep Webinar for information and tips to help you plan a successful Fall Sweep event. 

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Event Wrap-Up Guide

Texas Litter Database: Deep Dive Training Webinar Recording

*The Texas Litter Database is currently undergoing maintenance. You are still able to access the Litter Database and input data but you may encounter small usability issues. We apologize as we work behind the scenes to include new features. If you have any questions, please reach out to Karen Maldonado, Project Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (11/29/2021)

Fall Sweep runs from September 11, the National Day of Service, through November 20. 

When picking up litter, KTB recommends participants to do so responsibly and at their comfort level. 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. 

To help you communicate cleanup guidance to your affiliate volunteers and community members, we have created these printable resources that include our cleanup guidance and how to safely remove disposable gloves.

Questions regarding Fall Sweep and safe cleanup guidelines? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 Start a Cleanup!

Who: Texans who want to clean and beautify their local communities.
What: The KTB Fall Sweep is a program to support the efforts of KTB Affiliates, nonprofits, volunteers, corporations, scout groups and other community groups to organize fall cleanups and beautification projects. Registered participants will have access to an online event toolkit and receive trash bags and other cleanup supplies.
When: Our third annual Fall Sweep will open September 11 and run through November 20, 2020. All cleanup and beautification activity within this time frame is eligible for free cleanup supplies.
Where: KTB Fall Sweep events can take place in any public area such as parks, schools, main street/downtown, watershed areas and roadways
Ways to get involved:

Contact your local KTB Affiliate

Find your local affiliate and let them know you want to get involved in the KTB Fall Sweep!

Find your local affiliate here.

Join a Fall Sweep cleanup in your community

Check out our calendar to see if there is a cleanup being organized in your community you can join!

Check out Fall Sweep events happening here.

Organize your own KTB Fall Sweep cleanup

There's not a KTB Fall Sweep happening in your community? Organize your own!

Request supplies

Get your Scouts involved!

SCOUT CLEANUP STARTER PACK
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Hey scouts! Looking for a creative way to earn your Soil & Water Conservation Badge or complete your It’s Your Planet – Love It Journey? Have your group participate in our Fall Sweep where you’ll not only help the environment, but you can also receive our I Keep Texas Beautiful patch.

STEP 1: Before Your Event – Organize Your Event
  • Choose the date, time, and location of your cleanup. All events must take place September 8 - November 11.
  • Register your event and order our FREE supplies
  • Checkout our Toolkit for tips, tools, and other great resources

STEP 2: During Your Event – Conduct Your Cleanup
  • Use our data collection cards to record important information for your wrap-up report.
  • Be sure to take plenty of photographs.
  • Share exciting moments on social media and be sure to tag Keep Texas Beautiful @KeepTxBeautiful and #KTBFallSweep on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

STEP 3: After Your Event – Wrap
  • Complete your wrap-up report.
  • Celebrate your group’s hard work by rewarding them with our I Keep Texas Beautiful patches!

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KTB Fall Sweep Toolkit  

  • Ready to organize your own Fall Sweep? Here's what to do next:

    Pick a Location

    Identify an area in your community that could be cleaned and that is safe and accessible. Come up wiht a plan to dispose of the trash and recyclables you collect properly. Visit the site in advance of the cleanup date to determine where to set up a check-in station, where to leave bags of trash and recyclables and what areas volunteers will clean.

    Register Your Event with Keep Texas Beautiful

    Use this form to register your cleanup for supplies and materials. You must also sign into your affiliate portal and register your cleanup on our event calendar.

    Contact Your Community

    Encourage friends, family and colleagues to get involved and help organize the cleanup. Create a work event or a Facebook event so interested volunteers can RSVP and you can easily communicate with attendees. Spread the word through email, social media and e-invites. You can also print and post these event flyers in the area.

    Resources

  • Ready to start cleaning up? Here's what to do next.

    Set-Up

    Arrive early to set up, post signs and label your trash drop-off site. At your check-in station, ensure you have pens, pencils and sign-in sheets ready for your volunteers.

    What to Tell Volunteers

    Emphasize the importance of data collection. Make sure group leaders have their Safety Speech, Volunteer Welcome, Volume to Weight Estimation Sheet and Data Card. It is easier to collect data as items are picked up, rather than sorting and tallying everything after you clean.

    Establish a point-person to stay at the check-in station in case of health emergencies or any late arrivals.

    Tell volunteers what to do with the filled bags of trash and set a meeting time for the end of the cleanup so that everyone returns at the same time. Kids should always have adult supervision.

    Document the Cleanup

    Take before and after photos of the cleanup site as well as shots of your volunteers in action and a final group picture with all of the trash collected. You can submit these with your data card or tag @KeepTXBeautiful online with #KTBFallSweep.

    If you have a scale with a hook, use it to weigh the trash bags. If you don’t have a scale, you can use a standard conversion of 15 pounds per trash bag to estimate the overall weight of your collected trash.

    As the volunteers finish, remind them to review the information they entered into the Data Cards and then make sure they submit! Collect all completed paper data forms to submit to Keep Texas Beautiful.

    Ensure all trash is left in the designated drop-off location and that no materials are left behind as you leave the cleanup location.

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  • Finished sweeping up? Here's what to do next.

    Submit your event data

    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.

    The Texas Litter Database will be used to collect cleanup data during the Fall Sweep season. Community beautification, painting, and planting event data will be submitted with your annual report. You can submit your interim beautification data using the check-in form to help you prepare your annual report.

    Did you host a cleanup?

    Yes

    No

    Enter cleanup data Submit a Check-In Form

    Submit event photos

    Please note you will need to be signed into a Google account to submit your photos. If you do not have a Google account, email your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include your affiliate name and event date in your photo name. e.g. "Keep Texas Beautiful Sept 12 2021-1" or "Keep Texas Beautiful Sept 12 2021-2."

    After your volunteers submit their data online, encourage them to share it on social media and with their local press!

    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Keep Texas Beautiful:

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Mail: Keep Texas Beautiful
    Attn: Fall Sweep
    8850 Business Park Drive, Suite 200
    Austin, TX 78759

    Survey your cleanup team post-event. Encourage everyone to share experiences, stories, and pictures about what they saw. This might encourage others to attend future events—and now is the time to start planning. Let them know about your next cleanup; get volunteers onboard while their enthusiasm is high!

    Say Thanks

    Send out an email saying, “Look what we did!” Include how many friends, family and community members joined in and the weight of trash collected. Celebrate your accomplishment as a cleanup organizer and ocean advocate. Thank you!

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2020 Fall Sweep Results

2020 Fall Sweep Recap Infographic


Thank you to our inland partner, Ocean Conservancy, who will be using cleanup data to report to the International Coastal Cleanup. 

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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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Great American Cleanup

Keep America Beautiful has announced that the Great American Cleanup (GAC) will be held in 2021. Keep Texas Beautiful participates annually in this national program from March 1 through May 31, but we wanted to clarify how Texans can get involved.

At this time, KTB is promoting cleanups for individuals, members of the same household or small groups (size dependent on your local government and CDC guidelines). Please follow all CDC guidance. KTB reminds Texans to stay safe when choosing to go outside and clean up your communities.

Start your Cleanup Efforts Today! 

We are thrilled to kick-off the 2021 Great American Cleanup. To request supplies for your community improvement event(s), we ask that you fill out this quick form to register your cleanup and get your supplies. Be sure to order supplies 3 weeks prior to your scheduled cleanup to ensure timely shipment. Events scheduled further than three weeks away will receive supplies prior to the event. For those who have already completed your event, please submit your wrap-up report no later than TWO WEEKS after your event. 

Request supplies now

Additional guidelines and resources can be found on the KTB COVID-19 page. Questions? Email Karen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 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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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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Adopt-A-Beach

The Texas Adopt-A-Beach Program is an all-volunteer effort dedicated to preserving and protecting Texas Beaches.

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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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Adopt-a-Highway

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

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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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Recycling Resources

Recycling Resources

From schools and universities to households, learn about the recycling programs that we support.

Keep Texas Beautiful supports affiliate efforts in recycling programs through a few different avenues. KTB provides resources and technical assistance to affiliates looking to start or grow an existing recycling program. Due to KTB’s strong connections throughout the state, we are able to connect affiliates with local and statewide partners who are able to further assist in their own community. 

KTB also offers recycling grants to affiliates throughout the year. These grants help to get recycling programs started locally and support existing recycling efforts. These grants have helped to support purchase new recycling bins for schools and farmers markets, renovate signage at recycling centers, and even offset the cost to pave a parking spot for a recycling dumpster. Affiliate recycling programs vary widely from community to community, based on the community needs and resources.

Recycling education and resources are an important part of keeping Texas beautiful. This coupled with litter prevention efforts from partners like TxDOT help keep our Texas roadways clean and beautiful. 

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Youth

Youth

From the Waste In Place curriculum to the Patch Program, our youth programs are helping create environmental stewards, giving Texas a bright future!

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Recycling Resources

From schools and universities to households, learn about the recycling programs that we support.

Keep Texas Beautiful supports affiliate efforts in recycling programs through a few different avenues. KTB provides resources and technical assistance to affiliates looking to start or grow an existing recycling program. Due to KTB’s strong connections throughout the state, we are able to connect affiliates with local and statewide partners who are able to further assist in their own community. 

KTB also offers recycling grants to affiliates throughout the year. These grants help to get recycling programs started locally and support existing recycling efforts. These grants have helped to support purchase new recycling bins for schools and farmers markets, renovate signage at recycling centers, and even offset the cost to pave a parking spot for a recycling dumpster. Affiliate recycling programs vary widely from community to community, based on the community needs and resources.

Recycling education and resources are an important part of keeping Texas beautiful. This coupled with litter prevention efforts from partners like TxDOT help keep our Texas roadways clean and beautiful. 

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