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Houston County Courier - Local News
Stories Added - March 2009
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Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off Needs Volunteers
to Keep Roads Clean and Safe
Houston County Courier -  March 2009             

AUSTIN — This year, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) hopes to gather more litter during the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off on April 4.
During Trash-Off, volunteers across the state will clean roadsides, parks, waterways and neighborhoods.
The Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off is the largest one-day statewide cleanup event in the U.S. and is a partnership between TxDOT and Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB).
The event brings together KTB volunteers and Adopt-a-Highway groups from across the state to clean up roadways and their communities on one designated day. 
The public is invited to participate by signing up online at www.ktb.org or calling (800) CLEAN-TX.
TxDOT needs more volunteers because it is facing a challenging year for trash pick-up. There are more roads to keep clean, and Hurricane Ike spread extra debris over parts of the state.
“Without volunteers, it could cost even more to keep Texas roads clean,” said Doris Howdeshell, Travel Information Division Director for TxDOT.
“That’s why we have to continue changing peoples’ behavior through the Don’t Mess with Texas litter prevention campaign, and we are so grateful to our dedicated volunteers who help keep Texas clean and safe.”
During last year’s Trash-Off, 61,000 volunteers collected more than 5 million pounds of litter.
The Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off began in 1986 to encourage the public to refrain from littering for one designated day. 
TxDOT’s litter prevention program includes Adopt-a-Highway and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful. Don’t Mess with Texas activities also includes community outreach, a student litter prevention contest and a corporate partner program.
TxDOT also wants to remind Texans that they can get a free litterbag via the Don’t Mess with Texas Website, www.dontmesswithtexas.org.

Litterbags offer an immediate solution for drivers, so they can easily store their trash until they reach a trash can. TxDOT’s goals are to reduce congestion, enhance safety, expand economic opportunity, improve air quality and increase the value of transportation assets. For more information, visit www.txdot.gov.







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