ORANGE - “Don’t mess with Texas” is an iconic message, and the Texas Department of Transportation celebrated its 30th anniversary of the anti-littering campaign.
According to TXDOT, 435 million pieces of trash litter Texas roadways every year. And it could be a little costly for people who don't pick up their trash.
It’s a $500 fine for littering, which is money that Texas native Javier Delgado wants to keep in his pocket so he can help keep Texas roads beautiful.
"Lot of natural wildlife out here as well, so that's right, gotta take care of Texas,” he said.
TXDOT has been sharing information like this for 30 years through its “Don’t mess with Texas” campaign.
This year they offered prizes like reusable bags so Texans can reduce the odds that little litter becomes tremendous trash.
Something that Delgado will improve on after today. [I’ll] take care of the roadway a little more, do a little bit more recycling,” Delgado said.
$31 million in taxpayer money goes towards road cleanup, which is why TXDOT wants drivers to do their part.
For more litter facts, visit DontMessWithTexas.org.
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