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Texas is a big and beautiful state and it's important we protect and conserve its natural resources for future generations. Across the state, Texans are finding fun, creative ways to do their part, and they're garnering impressive results. The following are excerpts of the most innovative, successful ideas submitted.

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Fish Creek Cleanup Challenge from Arlington

After picking up trash for months and reporting litter on the AskArlington app in frustration I posted a live video on Facebook. Someone suggested I do something. Thus was the beginning of what I thought was a 5 week project to clean up a local creek. About 300 people showed up for the 1st Annual Fish Creek Cleanup Challenge on Saturday the 9th of February 2019. We filled 3 large dumpsters before being rained out at noon. A small contingent came back later in the day and on Sunday, on their own to challenge themselves.

The challenge continues! On Saturday the 25th of January 2020 from 9am to 3pm we are not only challenging friends and neighbors, Arlington challenged Grand Prairie and they accepted! We had 300 with 5 weeks of planning and just one city. Now we will be two cities strong in the middle of the DFW metroplex. Aiming to eventually break the Guinness World Record for people gathered to pick up litter. China currently holds the record. But we are Texas!!

Cleanup Challenge is led by a passionate and motivated Marine Corps veteran. Angel Carter (who served with VMFA-212 during Desert Shield / Desert Storm) is joined not only by a multitude of neighbors, family and friends but great organizations such as Webb Masonic Club 1454, St. Andrews United Methodist Church, MAD Radio, The Mission Continues, Arlington Highlands Rotary Club. They are all joined by the Travis Manion Foundation as an Operation Legacy Project to honor fallen officers Jillian Smith (APD) and (GPD) Sgt Greg Hunter.

Our mission is to not only clean up Fish Creek and other creeks in Arlington but to raise awareness to the problem of litter and how it is killing our ocean life. Let’s make picking up litter the new cool thing to do. Start conversations about 8 million tons of plastic being discarded into our oceans every year. I want everyone to think  “If not me then who” when it comes to being responsible about trash.

Jean M. from Buda

I have an electric wok and skillet. I use them outside to save energy.

Catherine H. from Longview

Do a burpee for litter bugs! Don’t litter! I Will do a burpee for every piece of trash I pick up!

Sylvia M. from Ledbetter

I try my best to pick up trash,plastic bags,aluminum cans plastic bottles,etc. I collected the large Macys bag hanging from a tree on our county road not long after the Christmas holiday, that people throw out on our County road but it sometimes gets to be too much. I just wish people would dispose of their trash properly. We also recycle all of our cans, cardboard, paper and plastic.

Hayden H from Bowie

I clean up Texas by picking up trash.

Ashley B from Baytown

I'm in the process of starting my new green company. Kind of working out kinks and getting research lined out. As an environmental entrepreneur I'm eager to inform society on the sustainable solutions that green on green have created.

Robert B from DeSoto

We owe honor to the City of DeSoto,TX for giving my wife and I, including our two boys, the opportunity to recycle in our city for the past 24 yrs. We have recycled here every week at least two bins per week. We are glad to contribute to the cause for our environment.

Sharon W from Bastrop

Protecting our part of the Lost Pines of Texas, and local bees.

Cliff S from Garland TX

Unfortunately living in a community that has no recycle based economy, we are receiving batteries to take them to the recycled community that can accept. God Bless Texas..... It's the only one we've got.

Amparo P from San Antonio

I am 76yrs old. We recycle here at home and teach my children and grandchildren to recycle also while they're here. I think recycle bins for bottled water should be in every business in Texas.

Kelly U from Pflugerville

I am an avid cook and foodie, so I prepare 99 percent of the meals in my household. Therefore I recycle plastic, cardboard, glass jars, cartons, cans, containers, and general food packaging. And of course, the daily newspaper goes in (which a neighbor "recycles" to us.) Our garbage bin is nearly empty from week to week, but our recycling is always overflowing!

Don D from Montgomery

I ride my adult three wheeled bike in the country for three miles and, while riding, I pick up litter and put it in a five gallon bucket I carry with me.

JOSE M from KINGWOOD

I have 32 years of teaching Bilingual /ESL students in the Texas Public School System. I have thought and learned that to grow personally , emotionally, and personally.... one must be passionate about what you do and enjoy it with a sense of adventure. I have explore many ways to make a difference and at the end it is me who has learned a new strong life from my students ! Yes, I am Blessed ! J. M.

Andrea C from Midlothian

My eight year old, Jack, was so interested in learning recycling and the value and impact it has at school in his recycling club that he does our recycling at home.

Carrie L from Heartland

My students having been collecting plastic water bottles and creating Chihuly inspired sculptures. They have also been using recycled cardboard and other odds and ends to create other art projects!

Doris P from Buffalo

We sell aluminum cans, recycle all plastic bottles at Walmart in Bryan, tires to pickup at Leonco. Papers to fill gullies on property. Batteries to Lowe's. Ink cartridges to HP.

Andrea R from Manvel

When we moved into our home, our neighborhood did not have the option to recycle. You had to load it all up and drive it to the recycle center in Pearland. Our MUD would not add it without a petition signed by at least 51% of the homes in favor of it. I led the efforts and got 54% of homes to sign. We now have recycle pick up weekly. It's been amazing to have 814 more homes with the opportunity to recycle.

Toni E from Millican

I struggle with creativity at times, so social media has been a great resource to find great ideas for reusing items. One quick search on Pinterest and I've been able to re-use cardboard boxes to organize drawers, plastic bread clasps and cardboard tubes to organize cords, etc.

Betsy P from Fort Worth

Our household is serious about recycling! Until two weeks ago we lived in an apartment in Dallas. We had four different recycling stations in our apartment: one for general recycling, one for clothing donations, one for electronic recycling, and the last for plastic bag recycling. Each month we'd drive the recycling and donations to their respective destinations.

Thankfully now we live in Fort Worth, so we don't have to drive the general recycling anywhere, but we still have three stations for clothing donations, electronic recycling, and plastic bag recycling.

P J C from Austin

Growing up in the 50's with European immigrant parents and having 5 siblings, we recycled long before there was a word for it. Everything got composted, used and re-used until it fell apart or broke.

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