Apr 4, 2013 1:45 PM by Rachel Cole - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI -- TxDOT is a big sponsor for community clean up efforts.Officials say there's more than one billion pieces of trash littering the State of Texas and regional leaders say it's time to clean up the Coastal Bend.
Julio Reyes, the president of "Keep Texas Beautiful" effort says 43 percent of the heaping number comes from cigarette butts alone.
"Cigarette butts, plastic bags, beer cans, soft drink cans plastic bottles you name it," Reyes said.
He says its time for several local groups to roll up their sleeves to gather up the garbage, starting with a large problem area.
"Packery channel, this coming Saturday with the Great America clean up, we're going to have over 400 volunteers and we're going to clean the beaches and the boat ramp area," Reyes said.
He says the garbage goes beyond the beaches, that it litters streets and sidewalks, everything from tires to toilets and that's not all.
"You see mattresses laying around and you know what happened, they didn't secure it properly and they feel off. You do have some good people who turn around go get it but sometimes people just leave it there," Reyes said.
The stress on the local mess, is supposed to encourage people to get out and help be the solution to community sanitation, Reyes added.
"Do your part in keeping your community clean, work with your community leaders, work with folks that live in that area and put together your own clean up groups, you'd be surprised how much trash you can pick up."
Bottom line, "Don't mess with Texas." Littering can get you up to a $2,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail.
This Saturday, volunteers are encouraged to come out to packery channel at 9 a.m. to help clean up. T-shirts will be provided to the first 200 participants and lunch will be served.