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Littering In Houston Is A Million-Pound Problem

Tomorrow thousands of volunteers will fan across Houston to pick up trash and debris.


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On the first Saturday of April, three clean-up events converge: Keep Houston Beautiful Day, Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off and the Great American Cleanup.

“Litter and trash seems to be a pervasive problem.”

That’s Robin Blut, executive director of Keep Houston Beautiful.

She says they perform an annual litter index and Houston falls about in the middle, which means the city does a decent job of clean-up but more public awareness is needed.

“Not only does it spoil the appearance of our landscape, you know it destroys habitat for the wildlife. So I can’t stress enough that we all have an important role to play and we can make a difference by doing our part to keep our neighborhoods clean.”

Last year 26,000 people cleaned up neighborhoods across the region, removing a million pounds of trash.

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez leads news coverage for Houston Public Media across broadcast and digital platforms. Ramirez is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Before becoming News Director, Ramirez held the position of Executive Producer for Daily News, leading daily and breaking news coverage, helping...

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