Fact Sheet

  • One billion pieces of litter accumulate on Texas roadways annually.
  • 70% of self-reported littering occurs while driving or traveling in a vehicle.
  • 40% of Texans believe prisoners are responsible for cleaning up highways.
  • Only 6% correctly guessed contractors and city/county road crews paid for by tax dollars as the primary source.
  • 53% of Texans would likely volunteer for a program to pick up litter.
  • The states worst litterers are young adults between the ages of 16 through 24.
  • Research shows that adopted portions of roads are less littered than those maintained by road crews.

Most Frequently Littered Items Pie ChartFrequently Littered Items

  • Food Packaging 8 PercentFood Packaging: 20%
  • Household or Personal 19 PercentHousehold/Personal: 19%
  • Tobacco Products 19 PercentTobacco Products: 19%
  • Cans or Cups 16 PercentCans/Cups: 16%
  • Construction Material 8 PercentConstruction Material: 8%
  • Agriculture Items 1 PercentAgriculture Items: 1%