Trash Free Waters Project
NCTCOG has partnered with the Houston-Galveston Area Council and The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment to establish a unified, coordinated approach to litter abatement and community engagement in the six river basins in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston-Galveston regions.
The Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas represent over 50% of the state’s total population and are connected through these basins, and ultimately impact Galveston Bay and adjacent areas in the Gulf of Mexico. Trash removal from these watersheds requires an ongoing, significant effort that comes with great expense to local governments and many non-profit partners. Texas cities spend millions of dollars each year to remove litter, and 80% of escaped trash ends up in our waterways. This trash debris can affect aesthetics, tourism, business, and wildlife.
Through this 3-year project, the project team seeks to:
- Increase Adopt-A-Spot locations through Trash Free Texas and support a common, publicly available Trash Collection Database for the state of Texas.
- Provide outreach and engagement support for regional clean-up events through partnerships with local governments, recreational clubs (such as paddling groups and running clubs), and Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates.
- Work with Texas-based restaurants to reduce the usage of single-use plastic.
- Share project successes with other councils of government and replicate this work across the state.
Trash Free Texas Webinar: Connecting Volunteers with Litter Cleanup Locations
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Via Microsoft Teams
Join NCTCOG, the Houston-Galveston Area Council, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, and the City of Fort Worth for a webinar about the Trash Free Texas website, which helps connect litter cleanup volunteers with litter cleanup locations in Texas. Specific topics to be covered at the webinar include:
North Central Texas and Houston-Galveston efforts associated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Trash Free Waters grant;
How to add Adopt-a-Spot litter cleanup locations to the Trash Free Texas website;
Promotion of the Trash Free Texas website;
Efforts to develop a statewide Trash Collection Database; and
Preliminary results from the recent survey on organized litter cleanup events.
Who is funding this project?
This project is funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico’s Trash Free Waters program. This program encourages collaborative solutions to reducing trash in our waterways, most of which originates on land.
How long will the project last?
NCTCOG’s project began in late 2020 and will last for approximately three years.
What is Trash Free Texas?
The Trash Free Texas website and its online mapping tool facilitate litter cleanup activities throughout Texas by connecting volunteers with litter cleanup locations.
What information is needed to add adoptable litter cleanup locations to the Trash Free Texas?
To add your adoptable cleanup locations, you will need the following:
Latitude and Longitude coordinates for each of your adopt-a-spot sites,
Adoption status of each location, such as available or adopted, and
Contact information for your cleanup locations.
How can I get involved?
You can get involved in three ways:
Sign-up to receive our emails about upcoming events, such as webinars/workshops, or cleanup events.
Attend or promote the Trash Free Water’s project activities on social media or through word of mouth.
Add your entity’s cleanup locations to the Trash Free Texas website so that volunteers can find locations in your area to clean up litter. For questions or assistance on how to add sites, contact Elena Berg at email@example.com or 817-608-2363.