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AT DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS®, WE THINK ANYTHING THAT HAS TO DO WITH CLEANING UP TEXAS ROADS IS WORTH TALKING ABOUT.

Whether we’re announcing the latest scholarship winner, applauding universities across the state for cleaning up their campuses, or snapping a photo with our favorite trash can, you can bet you’re going to hear about it.


06.09.21

Don’t mess with Texas® Awards $2,000 Scholarship to El Paso Student

Omar Garcia selected as a winner in the 2021 Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship Contest

06.09.21

Dont mess with Texas® Awards $2,000 Scholarship to Panhandle Student

Olivia Horner selected as a winner in the 2021 Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship Contest

06.09.21

Don’t mess with Texas® Awards $5,000 Scholarship to Galveston Student

Rosie Bui selected as a winner in the 2021 Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship Contest

05.05.21

Don’t Mess With Texas Campaign Brings Home the Gold

 PPE Litter TV spot starring Matthew McConaughey wins Gold Add

04.06.21

Don’t mess with Texas® and James Avery Launch Charming Partnership

Iconic brands collaborate to celebrate the beauty of a litter-free Texas

02.07.20

Don’t Mess With Texas® Offering Prizes and Scholarships to Texas Students

Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship Contest and Don’t mess with Texas K-12 School Art Contest now taking submissions

09.04.20

Don’t mess with Texas® Calls On Iconic Voices to Stop PPE Litter

Matthew McConaughey, Eva Longoria, George Strait and more urge Texans to clean up their act

08.29.18

First Annual Don’t mess with Texas Song Search Opens

The iconic brand looks for fresh, new musical sounds from across Texas

11.20.20

Don’t mess with Texas 2020 Song Search Accepting Applications

The Lone Star Search will be accepting applications from Texas musicians through December, 31 2020

02.06.19

Don’t mess with Texas 2019 Song Search Winners

Whitney K. Lane and musical group Papi Chulo take home the annual contests’ top honors

06.01.20

Don’t mess with Texas 2020 Scholarship Contest Winner

Ethan Lum, a student in Simms, Texas receives one of the top prizes from the annual contest

06.01.20

Don’t mess with Texas 2020 Scholarship Contest Winner

Alysa Le of Missouri City, Texas receives $4,000 from the annual scholarship contest

06.01.20

Don’t mess with Texas 2020 Scholarship Contest Winners

Caleb Shaw and Ximena Coronado receive two of the contest’s top prizes

01.19.21

2021 Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship Contest Opens

Texas high school seniors committed to keeping their communities’ litter-free can apply by March 31

08.20.19

Buc-cee’s Joins Forces with Don’t mess with Texas to Tackle Litter

Texas institution, Buc-cees, adds its name to the list of businesses working with TxDOT to keep Texas clean

08.02.18

Don’t mess with Texas 2018 Scholarship Winners

Dalton Shaw, Brittany Nation and Andrew Wagner take home the top prizes in the 2018 Don’t mess with Texas scholarship contest

09.19.19

Don’t mess with Texas 2019 San Angelo Mural Contest

The inaugural Don’t mess with Texas mural contest opens to all artists residing in San Angelo, Texas

09.23.19

Don’t mess with Texas 2019 Houston Mural Contest

The first annual Don’t mess with Texas mural contest encourages artists of all ages and abilities in Houston Texas to submit designs.

09.23.19

Don’t mess with Texas 2019 Baytown Mural Contest

Don’t mess with Texas partnered with the city of Baytown, Texas to launch the first annual mural contest open to all Baytown residents

01.14.19

2019 Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship Contest Opens

The annual contest is accepting applications from Texas high school seniors

07.19.19

2019 Grand Prize Scholarship Winner Dean Defendorf

Dean Defendorf received an $8,000 scholarship in recognition of his Campus Clean-Up initiative at Boerne Champion High School

07.19.19

2019 Scholarship Winner Camryn Bigelow

Camryn Bigelow received a $2,000 scholarship for his research on plastic usage in his community and his dedication to keeping Texas clean

07.19.19

2019 Scholarship Winner Brianna Neely

Brianna Neely received a $6,000 scholarship for her anti-littering efforts

07.24.17

Scholarship Winners Announced In 2017 Don’t Mess With Texas® Scholarship Contest

Contest rewards high school seniors for creative litter prevention efforts.

11.17.16

Unique ‘Don’t Mess With Texas’ Commemorative Coin Makes Great Gift That Continues Important Anti-Litter Message

As Texas population booms, collectible coins help offset costs of statewide litter pickup.

05.26.16

TxDOT, Keep Texas Beautiful Announce Winners of Don’t mess with Texas® Elementary School Art Contest

Students’ winning artwork to be featured in 2017 litter-prevention calendar.

05.19.16

Three Texas High School Students Win Don’t mess with Texas® College Scholarships

High school seniors recognized for their work promoting litter-free communities.

04.09.16

Don’t Mess With Texas® Celebrates 30Th Anniversary With Trash & Treasure Hunt

Cleanup participants can win prizes for helping keep state litter-free.

04.06.16

Txdot Celebrates 30Th Anniversary Of Iconic ‘Don’t Mess With Texas’ Campaign With Challenge To Texas Youth

Saturday’s annual trash-off event recruits Boy Scouts, volunteers to keep Texas clean.

02.02.16

Registration now open for the 2016 Great American Cleanup and Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off

Texans are invited to join the nation’s largest community improvement program by hosting a local event.

06.23.15

Three Texas High School Students Win Don’t mess with Texas® College Scholarships

High school seniors honored for their work promoting litter-free communities among peers

04.29.15

TxDOT Illustrates How Small Trash Adds Up to Big, Expensive Mess on Texas Highways

To help raise awareness, agency enlists help of Executive Director and Willie Nelson to spread litter-prevention message.