If I had to say which state has the most comprehensive anti-litter program, it would be Texas. Not only is their slogan Don’t Mess With Texas excellent, their website is full of interesting information and stats that they gather every 2 years. Plus, if you litter, you can get jail time. In 2017, a new law went into effect in which a judge can sentence anyone?caught and convicted of littering to as many as 60 hours of community service — picking up trash or working at a recycling center in their county. Plus they have to pay the fines and could get jail time.
A study from 2017 brought up the cost of litter that taxpayers pay in Texas. The study was in nine cities which comprise 25% of the population in Texas. $50 Million USD are spent just to keep the cities clean. Think about this is only 25% of the population and nine cities, how much do the others pay. The study was commissioned by?Texans For Clean Water and prepared by Burns & McDonnell, nine cities in Texas spend more than $50 million annually on prevention, education, abatement, and enforcement efforts.
The Don’t Mess With Texas Anti- Littering Campaign?
- ?1 in 4 Texans admits to littering in the past year.
- If every person in Texas picked up just two pieces of trash every month, our highways would be completely litter-free in just one year.
- ?62% of Texas smokers admit to tossing their cigarette butts out of the window of their cars.
- Tire debris is the second largest component of litter and is pervasive across all areas of Texas.
- Lufkin: $16,600 on prevention, $2,000 on education and outreach, $149,900 on abatement?and $50,600 on enforcement, for a grand total of $232,800 a year.
- Midland: spent $2,000 on education and outreach, $122,800 on abatement, and $227,000 on enforcement, for a grand total of $500,200.
- Beaumont: highways and nearly 4,000 empty lots, city officials are considering taking over their cleanup at a cost of up to $250,000 a year.
- $65,000 of City of Dallas tax payer money was spent picking up and disposing of bandit signs (Source)?
Texas is unique:
- 300 Miles of Coastline
- 2nd largest state in the United States after Alaska
- 12% of Texas is desert
- 22.5 million acres of public land, with the federal government owning less than?2 percent?of Texas
- Borders Mexico and has litter from illegal immigrants.
- 1980 to the present, at least 70?tropical?or?subtropical cyclones?have occurred in Texas
- 2,000 spills a year in Texas
- 132 tornadoes touch Texas soil yearly.
Beach Clean Ups
- Since: 1986, more than 504,000 volunteers have removed 9,300 tons of trash or 18,762,600 pounds of trash from Texas beaches,
- 2017: Texans picked up over 80 Tons of trash from Texas beaches.
- 2016: 5 tons of trash from 35 miles of Southeast Texas beaches during the Texas General Land Office’s fall Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup.
- 2019:432 volunteers joined together and removed 7,436 pounds of trash from 23 miles of beaches and bays in the Coastal Bend area.
- 10x more trash washes up on the coast of Texas than any of the other Gulf states throughout the year. Most of the trash, 69 to 95 percent, was plastic.