Adopt-a-Highway: Talkin' Trash Newsletter

Spring 2017

Thank You 2017 Don't mess with Texas® Trash-Off  Volunteers!

National Weather Service Employees

National Weather Service Employees

San Antonio District

  Family and Friends of Nik Evans

Family and Friends of Nik Evans

Fort Worth District

Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary

EVFD Ladies Auxiliary

Pharr District

  Keep Diboll Beautiful

Keep Diboll Beautiful

Lufkin District

Rayburn Bloomers Garden Club

Beaumont District

  Royse Lions Club

Royse Lions Club

Dallas District

Houston District Coordinator Roberta Beatty

AAH Team Spotlight: Roberta Beatty

Roberta Beatty oversees the Houston District Adopt-a-Highway Program and, in her eight years as an AAH Coordinator, has continued to be a strong advocate for the program and its volunteers. In 2015, she received the Adopt-a-Highway Maintenance Employee Award for her dedication to the area's 178 volunteer groups. 

Roberta is known to go out of her way to pick up trash alongside her groups, deliver safety supplies and actively recruit new volunteers. Roberta's goal is to have every available roadway in the district adopted and they have only 20 sections left to go!

In her free time, Roberta enjoys quilting and refinishing furniture.

Specialty License Plate

Keep Texas Beautiful Don't mess with Texas Specialty License Plate

Are you passionate about litter prevention and beautification? Proud of the Lone Star State's natural beauty? Then take your love of Texas and the environment on the road by displaying the Keep Texas Beautiful license plate created in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation's Don't mess with Texas® program. More than 70 percent of specialty plate fees go toward beautification and litter prevention projects. The license plate is available for online purchase through the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

Trash It! Virtual Reality Game Makes Litter Pickup Fun 

Don't mess with Texas Virtual Reality Game

Adopt-a-Highway volunteers know that taking care of Texas and the Earth is a year-round job. To help spread the litter prevention message and encourage action statewide, the Don't mess with Texas® program spent Earth Day weekend at the Valero Texas Open where it debuted the Don't mess with Texas Virtual Reality Game.

Participants are transported to a stunning 360° world full of bluebonnets and blue skies right off a scenic Texas roadway. Players discover unsightly trash marring the field and race to toss the litter into the nearby red, white and blue trash cans. Texans of all ages compete for a high score and bragging rights while learning the importance of putting trash where it belongs.

Be on the lookout for a Don't mess with Texas virtual reality trip near you!


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Watch Your Step!

Litter has a tricky habit of finding its way to the most inconvenient spots. Unfortunately, some of those places are unsafe for dedicated AAH volunteers. Volunteers are not allowed to pick up trash on the following infrastructures:

    • Railroads
    • Bridges
    • Tunnels
    • Overpasses

Volunteers should always keep five feet of distance from the road pavement's edge. Safety first!