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Texas High Schools Compete for Cash by Reducing Litter

January 05, 2009

Don’t Mess with Texas’ Trash4Cash rewards student groups for environmental work

(AUSTIN, Texas)—Trash4Cash, a new Don’t Mess with Texas competition by the Texas Department of Transportation, is rewarding on-campus student organizations with $1,000 for getting rid of litter in their communities.

School groups will compete against others from around the state by organizing litter prevention efforts in their community, such as cleaning up a local park or teaching children about not littering. Groups will be judged on creativity surrounding their litter prevention efforts, getting media coverage about their projects and making a positive impact on their community

High school groups like environmental and journalism clubs, honor societies, football teams, bands or student councils are encouraged to submit a group entry and compete against their rivals for cash prizes. Five school groups in Texas will each win $1,000 to use as they like, donated by TxDOT sponsor Raytheon.

“Regardless of who takes home the cash, everybody wins,” said Doris Howdeshell, Travel Information Division Director for TxDOT, the organizer of Trash4Cash. “Communities with school groups that compete in Trash4Cash will be cleaner, and participating students have an opportunity to demonstrate ‘green’ leadership, showing potential universities the volunteer projects they’ve worked on.”

Student groups can submit materials online or by mail starting Jan. 5, 2009. The litter prevention activities must be completed by March 31, 2009, and all information is due by April 6, 2009. Every organization must work under the direction of a counselor, sponsor or principal to be eligible. Complete rules and submission information are posted at

About Don’t Mess with Texas

Don’t Mess with Texas has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. TxDOT’s litter prevention program includes Adopt-a-Highway and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful. Don’t Mess with Texas activities also include a spring “Trash-Off,” community outreach and a corporate partner program. For more information, visit’s goals are to reduce congestion, enhance safety, expand economic opportunity, improve air quality and increase the value of transportation assets. For more information, visit

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