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Don’t mess with Texas

Campus Cleanup


Don’t mess with Texas® invites students from high school and college campuses to get involved in the annual Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off on April 11th by implementing a Campus Cleanup event. Trash-Off is the single largest one-day cleanup event in the state and serves as Texas’ signature event.

Campus Cleanup is a student-focused program that helps college and high school organizations actively support the Don’t mess with Texas effort by encouraging them to keep their campuses and communities clean and litter-free. The Campus Cleanup program is available to any interested student or student group.

We encourage student groups to create an event that is fun and memorable. Ideas for events include group cleanups, competitions, scavenger hunts, and contests.

Research shows that Texans ages 16-34 are still the most likely to litter. Help change the way your peers think about litter by getting out there and doing something about it.


Schools are encouraged to schedule Campus Cleanup events on or off campus on April 11th, in conjunction with the Trash-Off. You may schedule a separate or second cleanup anytime throughout the year.

A limited supply of official Don’t mess with Texas t-shirts may be provided to schools that register their event for April 11th and demonstrate active volunteer recruitment. Schools will receive t-shirts (while supplies last) in a variety of sizes. Final quantity will be determined by the number of events registered.


It’s easy! The Don’t mess with Texas Campus Cleanup Toolkit (PDF, 901kb) is a great resource to help you organize and carry out the event. It includes planning materials, promotional elements, and creative templates for easy event planning. Get started today:

  1. Download the toolkit for tips on how to organize and carry out the event.
  2. Download posters to build awareness and encourage event participation on your college or high school campus.
  3. Register your event online to qualify for a limited supply of Don’t mess with Texas t-shirts.
  4. After your event, fill out the online event reporting form and send any photos to Be sure to include your name, school, and event location with your photos submitted.

All campuses that hold an event and complete the online event reporting form will be recognized on Your event may be featured on our website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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