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Where Does the Trash on Houston Freeways Come From?

Back in 2011, Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin reported on the amount of litter showing up on Houston freeways. Part of the reason for the increased number was that it was a particularly hot year, one of the hottest on record and also the reason many parts of Texas are still recovering from a drought. Because […]


Back in 2011, Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin reported on the amount of litter showing up on Houston freeways. Part of the reason for the increased number was that it was a particularly hot year, one of the hottest on record and also the reason many parts of Texas are still recovering from a drought. Because of the increased temperatures more alligators or tire threads were being found on the roads as they separated or even just tires themselves blew and before we talk about litter on the freeways in 2015, let’s revisit what the landscape looked like in 2011.

Now four years later, some things have changed when it comes to picking up the trash on the city and surrounding areas’ freeways, for example, the people who do it. However, the amount of trash on the freeways may feel, to some, like it hasn’t disappeared at all.

We talk with the Texas Department of Transportation about how they handle litter on our freeways.

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