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Apr 4, 2020
12:00 am
CANCELED

CANCELED: 2020 Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off

Keep Sugar Land Beautiful will NOT hold our 27th annual Trash-Off on Saturday, April 4, 2020. For the safety of our volunteers, we are following the White House Social Distancing Guidelines.

Ocean Litter (Marine Debris)

  • 6 million tons of debris enter oceans every year
    • Weighing about the same as a million elephants!
  • Plastics are the most common man made objects seen in oceans
  • 269,000 tons of litter float on the surface
  • 4 billion plastic microfibers per sq kilometer litter the deep sea

Texas Litter

  • 1 in 4 Texans admits to littering in the past year
  • 62% of Texas smokers admit to tossing their cigarette butts out of their cars
  • Most common litter: food/organic material, cigarette butts, receipts, gum wrappers
  • 71% of litter is microlitter, not easily seen on roadways (cigarette butts, straws, wrappers)
  • You can be fined $500 every time you litter!!!!
  • If you toss more than five pounds, you may have to pay up to $2,000!!!
  • If every person in Texas picked up 2 pieces of trash (every month), our highways would be liter-free in 1 year

Sources: nationalgeographic.org; wwf.org; dontmesswithtexas.org

  

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