DID YOU KNOW…
- Motorists generate 54 percent of litter along roadways and highways, according to TxDOT’s 2013 Litter Attitudes and Behaviors.
- On average, there are 51 billion pieces of litter found on roadways. That’s 6,729 items alone per mile of roadway according to the 2009 National Visible Litter Survey and Litter Cost Study.
WHERE DOES THAT LITTER GO?
- Rainfall washes litter into storm drains.
- Storm drains lead to the nearest body of water and dump litter into our North Texas creeks and rivers.
- Those creeks and rivers drain into area reservoirs, which happen to be the source of our drinking water supplies.
CHUNK RECYCLABLES, TOO!
- Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity — enough energy to power the average American home for five months. (EPA, 2008)
- Recycling paper instead of making it from new material generates 74 percent less air pollution and uses 50 percent less water. (EPA, 2008)
- Toss out one aluminum can and you waste as much energy as if you’d filled the same can half-full with gasoline and poured it onto the ground, according to Residential Recycling and Refuse of Texas.