Not only is littering illegal, it can also have a big economic impact.
When businesses consider building in Angelina County, they often pay close attention to the cleanliness and upkeep of the area. If potential businesses notice trash on the highways it could have a negative impact on whether they decide to locate here.
Krista Cloonan, the executive director of Angelina Beautiful-Clean, said, "One of the first impressions for potential developers is appearance. When they see little or illegal dumping it has a negative impact on connotation when they do their assessment."
Angelina Beautiful-Clean is one of the organizations encouraging people to pick up trash or not litter in the first place.