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Angelina Co. volunteers keeping Texas beautiful in annual trash-off

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Saturday state highways across Angelina County were filled with volunteers doing their part to keep Texas roadways clean.

"When you do throw a piece of trash out the mindset is someone else will pick it up, well today we're out picking it up," said Amanda Anderson, Executive Director, Angelina Beautiful Clean.

 27 years ago TxDot launched the Don't Mess with Texas anti-litter campaign, this weekend volunteers participated in the Texas Trash-Off, the largest single day litter cleanup event.

 "Statistics show that there are billions of pieces of litter on Texas Highways and there is no way funding wise that TxDot could handle that alone," said Kathi White, TxDot Spokesperson.

TxDot partnered with local organizations, businesses and Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates for the event.

About 15 adopt a highway groups participated the clean-up efforts each covering two mile sections of highway.

Just making it a more beautiful place to work and play," said Anderson.

TxDot spokesperson Kathi White says she hopes the clean-up will have a chain reaction throughout the community.

"It's not just picking up state highways, its about cleaning up litter, cleaning up your house, clean up your garage, clean up your city park," said White.

Officials are hoping the volunteers in neon will catch drivers' attention and inspire them to do their part.

"We ask that everybody who is driving by to think about it and maybe next year they will participate," said White.

 And create a cleaner community for everyone.

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