While Texans are proud of their state’s roadways and natural beauty, roadside litter is still a problem. Most Texans know that “Don’t Mess with Texas” is the TxDOT slogan reminding us not to litter. There are hefty fines for littering in Texas. Most litter comes from items discarded from vehicles, and most of that is comprised of small items like cigarette butts, straws, and gum wrappers.
Litter is simply trash that is not disposed of in a trash can. It includes the obvious culprits, such as plastic bags, cans, fast food wrappers, etc. But you may be surprised at some items that are also considered litter. For example, food scraps and other organic matter are litter—just because an item is biodegradable doesn’t mean it can be thrown on the ground. There are also sneaky offenders that are all considered litter, such as cigarette butts, small candy wrappers, or even trash that accidentally flies out of a car window or truck bed.