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The Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation

The Garver Black Hilyard Family Foundation (GBHFF) is a charitable foundation whose purpose is to decrease litter through research and policy. The GBHFF awarded Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) a grant to help create consistent data collection for litter cleanup activities and best practices and preventative measures for communities across the state.

As part of the GBHFF’s Texas Clean and Healthy initiative, KTB also received a grant to host a series of regional stakeholder meetings. In light of the panedemic, litter cleanups and waste collection are changing, and discussions held during these stakeholder meetings identified key issues that community groups, local governments, waste industry, and other stakeholders are facing to keep their communities safe, healthy and clean in the future. 

The regional stakeholder meetings culminated in a statewide meeting in October 2020, aimed at collecting information on how solid waste management can be improved in the state of Texas. The information from the regional events on what is needed to help create a more efficient waste stream was then utilized in the statewide litter event to build consensus for specific efforts through policy and education. The data collected from the activities of both grants will inform future educational and policy initiatives and will be publicly available to decision makers.