Littering is an individual behavioral problem or a business problem that can become a problem for your community.
Changing a societal norm like littering begins with each of us. Each person must accept responsibility for their actions and influence the actions of others around them at home, at school, in your place of business, and in the community at large. By modeling proper trash and waste disposal, you will cause others to consider changing their behaviors and embodying appropriate actions, too.
Here are some examples of what you -- and others -- can do to help prevent litter in your community.
New Tool To Fight Litter
For years, the “Report A Litterer” program has allowed Texans to notify TxDOT via www.dontmesswithtexas.org when they witness trash being tossed out of vehicles. Now, there’s a new, free mobile app. For instance, with the single press of a button, the littering incident, and type of trash are recorded via GPS. The new Don’t Mess with Texas app allows Texans to identify the litter they see as one of four prevalent types of trash: fast food; cigarette butts; cups, cans and bottles; and miscellaneous trash. The data is then compiled into a map that illustrates what’s being littered and where throughout Texas.
Don’t Mess with Texas Mobile App Safety Features
As a promoter of safe behavior on roadways, TxDOT has taken precautions to prevent distracted driving. When a user opens the app for the first time, the user is prompted with a reminder not to use the app while driving. Users cannot text or type into the app at any time — only tapping on the touch screen is allowed, and only one tap is needed to report litter.
Litter prevention is so important to road safety as well.
Large Item Removal
You may now have your large unwanted items removed from your alleyway, free of charge! Just call the City of Midland Solid Waste Department at (432) 685-7278 to make a reservation. Some restrictions apply:
- No construction debris, bricks, concrete, rock, gravel, plaster or oil
- No tires, car batteries or liquid wastes
- No tree stumps
- Items on private property will not be removed
You can help in this process by having your house number prominently displayed on your fence facing the alley.