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Organic landscape materials, including leaves, wood trimmings, and grass clippings often contribute significantly to a communities’ annual solid waste. During peak leafdrop in fall when residents are bagging and placing leaves at the curbside, organic materials may account for as...
Learn how to recycle items like glass, plastics, used oil, and tires, how you can celebrate Valentine's Day with many events at Texas State Parks, and read all about the new "Two Steps One Sticker" vehicle inspection and registration program...
There are many reasons people bike and there can be great personal and environmental benefits. However, biking also presents risks for both riders and drivers. Understanding and following the rules of the road reduces the risk of collision and makes...
According to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, now is a perfect time to add a new tree or grouping of shrubs to your landscape. Fall months of September through December have distinct advantages. Plant roots grow anytime the soil...
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Samsung Austin Semiconductor invite K-5th grade students in Texas to submit their artwork of how they help keep the air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste. 15 students will...
March typically marks the beginning of peak wildflower blooming season in Texas. These beautiful Texas treasures can be found across the state and attract many visitors each year. Is it illegal to pick bluebonnets? Texans commonly hear this, but is...
1. Start with the basics. Pack them a waste-free lunch. Put their food in durable, reusable containers using a reusable lunch box and utensils. Walk or ride bikes to school or create a carpool with neighbors. Teach them to take...
Dramatic cold fronts with strong winds, like Texans have seen recently, can damage plants inside and out. Many plants can handle slow, steady cold weather, but the back and forth is harder to manage. While you cannot fully protect plants...
Ozone season, the time when we see the highest levels of ozone, starts between March and May in many parts of our state. People should be aware of ozone levels because ozone is a respiratory toxic agent that can cause...
While we encourage you to reuse and repurpose materials to reduce waste, be cautious of reusing wood in and around your home. If you are buying or building a new home, deck, or furniture, find out about the wood’s origins...

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