LUFKIN – The annual Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off is scheduled in the Lufkin District April 7 and motorists can expect to see volunteers on the roadside joining forces to rid Texas roadways of litter.
Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off is the single largest one day cleanup event statewide. It is the litter campaign’s signature annual event that began in 1985 and has grown to be recognized as the largest litter prevention event that works to improve communities, both nationally and internationally. The event is a grassroots partnership with other programs such as Keep Texas Beautiful, Don’t Mess With Texas and Adopt-A-Highway.
Participants in this year’s events are not only community volunteers, but businesses, students and organizations who have adopted a 2-mile stretch of roadway in their respective communities. Each group will be picking up litter along designated sections of roadway. Participants will be wearing orange safety vests.
As motorists pass by volunteers, they are urged to reduce speed, stay alert and be respectful of participants in this annual effort.
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.
- Rhonda Oaks is the Public Information Officer for the nine-county Lufkin District of the Texas Department of Transportation. A Lufkin native, she is a graduate of Hudson High School and Angelina College. She has a background in print journalism and worked for many years as a newspaper reporter and a freelance writer. She has received eight Associated Press awards. Her articles have been published in many publications over the past 25 years.