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2017 Keep Whitehouse Beautiful “Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off” another annual Success!

The roadways in the Whitehouse area are cleaner now thanks to 176 participants of the annual “Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off” and “Great American Clean Up”, organized by Keep Whitehouse Beautiful.  A total of 276 trash bags of debris were collected this year.  Once again, many unusual items were picked up. Items ranged from car bumpers to credit cards and with the most unusual item being a pineapple!  All this trash totaled some 5,800 lbs.

Participating teams make all the difference!  Teams participating from the community included:  WHS Key Club, WHS National Honor Society, WJHS Builders Club, Yarbrough Lane and County Road 15 neighborhoods, Boy Scout Troops 248 and 359, Pollard UMC, Proforma Horizon Total Source and Smith Co. Sheriff’s Office & Trustees.  Also, participants from Adopt-a-Hwy and Adopt-a-Road groups:  Southside Bank, Whitehouse Church of God in Christ, Whitehouse United Methodist Church, UT Student Chemistry ACS, First Ladies Drill Team at Whitehouse HS, Mt Carmel Baptist Church and Church Under the Bridge Tyler.   New participant this year:  WHS “Say What Program” picked up over 700 butts in just 45 minutes and marked each location with red flags at City Park and along FM 346.

 

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful offers special thanks to our sponsors and business friends who are listed elsewhere on this page and provide in kind or monetary donations for the Trash Off and other projects and events KWB leads throughout the year. In addition, coupons from Burger King, Dairy Queen and McDonalds were also distributed. The Chick-Fil-A mascot cow was a big hit greeting the volunteers.

 

You can make a difference in keeping Whitehouse beautiful! You can continue the spirit of the Trash Off every day by keeping litter off our roadways!  You can form a TXDOT Adopt-A-Hwy group.  Also, please take advantage of Republic’s curbside recycling within Whitehouse City limits.  Additionally, you can become a member of Keep Whitehouse Beautiful by emailing us at info@keepwhitehousebeautiful.com.  Please like us on Facebook or visit our website keepwhitehousebeautiful.com.

 

Who keeps Whitehouse beautiful?  You do!!

Whitehouse Church of God in Christ at the “Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off”

What a job by Whitehouse Church of God in Christ at the “Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off”!!

Some of the most unusual items found at this year’s Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off

From pineapples to car mufflers, KWB’s Great Texas Trash Off finds some really unusual items along our roads!!

Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off this Saturday!!

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful invites you to be a part of the largest one day clean-up event across America, the annual:
“Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off”
Event times: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 Noon on Saturday, April 8, 2017
Volunteers across America will be removing litter from our roadways and parks. Each year Whitehouse area churches, businesses, community leaders, neighborhoods, concerned citizens, scouts, and student groups, assist in the removal of thousands of pounds of litter and debris.
Meet us at the Whitehouse City Park on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
All participants get breakfast in the morning and pizza after the pick-up.
A group photo of all the volunteers will be at 8:30 a.m., and all teams on the road by 9:00 a.m.
First 300 volunteers will receive a Trash-Off t-shirt!

KWB completes road surveys for 2017 Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off!

KWB completes road surveys of 40 miles of Whitehouse area roads. This sight along Lilly road is sadly all to common. Come join us in the 2017 Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off!

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful invites you to be a part of the largest one day clean-up event across America, the annual:
“Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off”
Event times: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 Noon on Saturday, April 8, 2017
Volunteers across America will be removing litter from our roadways and parks. Each year Whitehouse area churches, businesses, community leaders, neighborhoods, concerned citizens, scouts, and student groups, assist in the removal of thousands of pounds of litter and debris.
Meet us at the Whitehouse City Park on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
All participants get breakfast in the morning and pizza after the pick-up.
A group photo of all the volunteers will be at 8:30 a.m., and all teams on the road by 9:00 a.m.
First 300 volunteers will receive a Trash-Off t-shirt!
Register today! Individual or team walk-ins that day are welcome. Join in the fight against litter and make a difference in your community! For additional information, contact Dorothy LaFlure, DMWTTO Chairperson, at info@keepwhitehousebeautiful.com

Complete & return by mail to KWB, PO Box 882, Whitehouse, TX 75791 or email info@keepwhitehousebeautiful.com

“Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off” 2017 Kicks Off!

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful invites you to be a part of the largest one day clean-up event across America, the annual:

“Don’t Mess with Texas TrashOff”

Event times:  8:00 a.m.–12:00 Noon on Saturday, April 8, 2017

 

Volunteers across America will be removing litter from our roadways and parks. Each year Whitehouse area churches, businesses, community leaders, neighborhoods, concerned citizens, scouts, and student groups, assist in the removal of thousands of pounds of litter and debris.

 

Meet us at the Whitehouse City Park on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

All participants get breakfast in the morning and pizza after the pickup.

A group photo of all the volunteers will be at 8:30 a.m., and all teams on the road by 9:00 a.m.

First 300 volunteers will receive a Trash-Off t-shirt!

 

Register today! Individual or team walk-ins that day are welcome.  Join in the fight against litter and make a difference in your community! For additional information, contact Dorothy LaFlure, DMWTTO Chairperson, at info@keepwhitehousebeautiful.com

 

Complete & return by mail to KWB, PO Box 882, Whitehouse, TX 75791 or email info@keepwhitehousebeautiful.com

 

Group or Individual Name__________________________________________________________

*Team Leader___________________________________________________________________

Email__________________________________________________________________________

Phone Number___________________________________________________________________

Estimated Number of Volunteers____________________________________________________

 

*Team Leader:  Register all team members, pick up assigned route map, reporting sheet, t-shirts, trash bags & first aid kits for your team.  Return reporting sheet at end of event.

 

Team members should wear comfortable walking shoes, long pants, and bring a pair of gloves.

 

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful

History of “Don’t Mess with Texas”

Don’t Mess with Texas

No doubt you’ve seen, heard, and probably even said these words —  but you may be surprised at how our state’s unofficial motto came to be.

As Texans, when we have a problem our pioneering spirit leads us to take matters into our own hands and fix it.  So that’s exactly what our State Department of Highways and Public Transportation (now the Texas Department of Transportation, or TXDOT) did about three decades ago when they recognized a growing problem: litter along our state’s highways.  And they found a solution in the “Don’t Mess with Texas” campaign.

In the 1980s, the majestic sprawling landscapes for which our state is known were becoming cluttered with fast food wrappers, ice cream cups, and almost anything else you can imagine.  

Traditional marketing campaigns that connected littering with guilt and shame weren’t working on the ‘typical litterer’ of the time, identified by the agency as an 18-35 year old male.  By 1985, Texas was spending more than $20 million on highway cleanup, and it was estimated that number would increase by as much as 15 percent each year in the future.

Texas had a problem, and so the search for a solution began.

When Austin advertising mogul Tim McClure pitched the “Don’t Mess with Texas” campaign to the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation, the older participants in the room expressed their doubts.  This only encouraged Tim – they weren’t his target audience.  He continued to push his idea, and they eventually gave him a chance.

The slogan first debuted across the state with a few slow-to-sell bumper stickers in 1985, but a television ad with the slogan featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan during the 1986 Cotton Bowl took the state by storm.  The Dept. of Highways and Public Transportation distributed trash cans bearing the catchy slogan across the state’s highway grid, and soon bumper sticker sales caught on.

It wasn’t long before the slogan went viral and celebrities were asking to be a part of the anti-litter campaign.  Willie Nelson, George Foreman, and Chuck Norris are just three of the iconic Texans who have lent their fame to our state’s cleanup efforts.                                                          

Thirty years later, TXDOT now hosts an annual “Don’t Mess with Texas” highway clean-up day in April to commemorate the anniversary of the campaign.  Boy Scouts can earn a special badge for participating, and students can earn college scholarships for leadership efforts to clean our highways.

And not only has Tim McClure’s slogan become an iconic Texas saying, his creative solution has been wildly successful.  In the campaign’s first six years, the state recorded a 72 percent reduction in highway litter. According to TXDOT, while the state paid today’s equivalent of $2.21 per Texan in 1985 for roadside cleanup, by 2015 that figure had dropped to $1.19 – even with the addition of many more miles of Texas roads.

In addition to inspiring Texans to take action, the viral “Don’t Mess with Texas” slogan allows TXDOT to collect royalties on products bearing the phrase, translating to more money for cleanup efforts.  All types of items have been emblazoned with the slogan, but one Texans can be particularly proud of is the United States Navy’s USS Texas (SSN-775), a Virginia-class submarine which proudly displays the motto on its crest.

After 30 years, the “Don’t Mess with Texas” campaign continues with a clear goal in sight: if every Texan picks up just two pieces of trash each month, they estimate our highways will be completely litter-free in a year.  That is, as long as fellow drivers don’t mess with Texas.

2016 Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off – Photos

Over 35 miles of roadways in the Whitehouse area are cleaner now thanks to 270 participants of the annual “Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off” and “Great American Clean Up”, organized by Keep Whitehouse Beautiful.

P1030705 Whitehouse Church of God Unusual item winner trash off action Randi smith picking up trash after the soccer game at the Y NJHS Chick fillet cow group Matt and UMC 2 Good action shot Good action Holloway Fun KWB Team Brown Elementary NEHS-U3 Brown Elementary NEHS-U1 Best volunteer group Brown Elementary NEHS2 Brown Elementary NEHS-U Action 3 Action 4

2016 Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off is a success!

Randi smith picking up trash after the soccer game at the Y270 Volunteers make the 2016 Keep Whitehouse Beautiful “Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off” Successful

Over 35 miles of roadways in the Whitehouse area are cleaner now thanks to 270 participants of the annual “Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off” and “Great American Clean Up”, organized by Keep Whitehouse Beautiful.  This is an increase of some 100 participants over last year!  A total of 241 trash bags of debris were collected this year, which is a 15% increase from last year. Once again many unusual items big and small were picked up and totaled some 5,000 lbs for an increase of 42% from last year. Participating Teams make all the difference! Participating teams in the community came from as follows:  Whitehouse United Methodist Church, Brookshires, Southside Bank, Girl Scout Troop 1466, American Heritage Girls Troop 1524, Whitehouse YMCA, Brown Elementary National Honor Society, Bethel Bible Church, Whitehouse Church of God in Christ, First Ladies Drill Team at Whitehouse High School, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Church Under a Bridge Tyler, UT Student Chemistry ACS, Holloway Builders Club, Whitehouse JHS National Honor Society, Cain Elementary K Kids, Brickstreet Pharmacy, Whitehouse Chamber of Commerce, Smith County Trustees, the neighborhoods of Richland Hills and County Road 15. Thanks to WISD Superintendent Dr. Christopher Moran for participating.

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful offers special thanks to our sponsors and business friends who provide in kind and monetary donations for the Trash Off as well as for other projects and events KWB leads throughout the year. Thanks to their donations KWB was able to provide at the Trash Off t-shirts, coffee, water, lemonade, breakfast bars, and Little Caesars Pizza. Brookshires provided water. Coupons from Burger King, Dairy Queen, Chick-Fil-A, McDonalds, Dairy Queen, and Church’s Chicken were also distributed. The Chick-Fil-A mascot cow was also a big hit greeting the volunteers. The Ranch 104.1 provided radio coverage. Republic Services donated the trash roll-off for the event.  Take advantage of their curbside recycling in the City of Whitehouse!

 

SAVE the DATE for 2016 Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off – April 9

DMWTantiqueRegistration is now open for the 2016 Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off, scheduled for Saturday, April 9th, hosted by Keep Whitehouse Beautiful.  Volunteers are needed from all walks of life; schools, churches, organizations, clubs and residential neighborhoods.  The Trash-Off will begin at 8am at Whitehouse City Park, where teams and  volunteers will check in, pick up their t-shirts and a snack, then then head out to an assigned roadway to pick up trash.  This event is part of a larger event across the nation as cities large and small make a statement about trash and litter.  As Beverly Casey, President of Keep Whitehouse Beautiful states, “Last year we had a huge turnout and we are expecting the same this year from our community. These volunteers make all the difference in the world.  It’s not only the fact that they are picking up litter that day. They’re also making everyone who is driving by aware of litter. Trash doesn’t just ‘go away.’ Someone has to pick it up–so don’t throw it out in the first place.”

Volunteers should come prepared to pick up trash, and be wearing long pants, closed-toe shoes, bring gloves and hats, sunscreen and bug repellent.  Trash bags are provided, and instructions will be given as to what to do once the bags are full.  Hot pizza will be ready for the volunteers as they come back to the park with their trash bags and reporting sheets.

To register a team or just yourself, please send an email to info@keepwhitehousebeautiful.com and let us know your name, organization/school/church and the number of people attending.  

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