Months later, Lufkinites may not be getting the Purple Pride message

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It looks like litter bugs in Lufkin aren't catching on to the city's new Purple Pride anti-litter campaign. In June, the city increased efforts to educate the public and fine violators.

However, the city's solid waste department said they haven't seen much change. They are still collecting hundreds of pounds of litter every day, but they are hoping with a little more time, that will change.

"The guys are averaging 550 pounds a day of litter on Lufkin streets and you know, we're hoping the signs have gone up, the purple pride signs and the word is getting out," said Assistant Director of Solid Waste and Recycling Lynn Winthrop.  "We're hoping that's going to make a difference.  Unfortunately, it's probably going to take people receiving fines."

Winthrop points out that it costs taxpayers more than $100,000 a year to pick up the litter. So you might want to think twice before you toss that trash out your window.

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