Cleaning Up East Texas Costs $500,000 Annually

There is a lot of trash along East Texas highways and studies show most of it is put there by people between the ages of 16 and 24. That is the age group most likely to litter.

The Texas Department of Transportation spends $24 million a year cleaning up litter. More than $500,000 of that is spent on litter cleanup in the nine-county Lufkin District.

Tossing litter out of your vehicle is a misdemeanor. If you get caught Messing with Texas, you could end up paying up to a $500 fine.

Estimates show about half of the trash found on East Texas roadsides is from the cab of pick-up trucks. Covering your load will cut down on fly away litter and is required by law.

The Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off is set for Saturday, April 14th. For more information, call Angelina Beautiful/Clean at 63-CLEAN.

Last year, more than 400 volunteers for AB/C removed around 67,000 pounds of litter from East Texas highways.