Litter

Overview

Litter is any trash that is on the ground. Litter can be found on the grass, on the street, on the highway, in trees, along a fence line, in neighborhoods, blowing in the air, and in our waterways. Litter can be intentional (on purpose) or accidental.

Do your part to make sure you don't litter, and if you find litter, pick it up and put it in a trash can or recycling bin. Want to do more for the community? Register to Adopt-A-Spot or a Community Cleanup. Littering is against the law in Texas.

Most Commonly Littered Items

  • Cigarette butts
  • Packaging
  • Plastic Bags

Major Sources of Litter

  • Commercial trash and recycling dumpsters
  • Construction and demolition sites
  • Loading docks
  • Motorists
  • Pedestrians
  • Residential trash and recycling carts
  • Truck beds

Stormwater & Litter

Stormwater runoff is generated from rain and snowmelt that flows over land and impervious surfaces such as streets, parking lots, and rooftops. Stormwater can infiltrate into the soil, discharge directly into streams, water bodies, drain inlets, or evaporate back into the atmosphere. Runoff can be hazardous to our streams, rivers, and lakes. Storm drains do not go through a sanitary sewer system, so all the pollutants that stormwater runoff picks up end up being discharged into the waterways. This includes litter!