Texas DOT plans trash treasure hunt to celebrate anniversary

| 5/31/2006

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Texas’ litter-pick-up campaign, “Don’t Mess with Texas,” volunteers will have an opportunity to clean up the state’s roadsides – and win some prizes in the process.

The Texas Department of Transportation is teaming up with Keep Texas Beautiful to present the “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash and Treasure Hunt,” taking place in 25 locations around the state on various dates and continuing through Aug. 13.

At the cleanups, volunteers will pick up litter in a designated area of their community, including the sides of highways. As they pick up trash, some will find specially marked pieces of litter. For each piece of marked litter collected, volunteers will receive an entry into a random drawing. At the end of the cleanup, a drawing will be held that will allow some participants to win round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets or gift certificates for Starbucks and Blue Bell Ice Cream.

“Although we fly all over the U.S., we’re a Texas-based company, and we’ve always supported a litter-free Texas,” Linda Rutherford, Southwest’s vice president of public relations and community affairs, said in a press release. “Offering the chance to win plane tickets is one way we can reward volunteers at the cleanup events and show our Texas-size support of the 20th Anniversary.”

There’s no limit to the number of marked pieces of litter someone can collect in exchange for an entry into the prize drawings, so volunteers who collect more trash have a better chance of winning.

For more information on volunteering, visit dontmesswithtexas.org.