13 -Year-Old Speaks Up To Stop Trashing East Texas

"Is this the type of stuff you see, just scattered like this?," asks KLTV 7 Reporter Christine Nelson. "Yup," answers Rachel Taylor as she walks along the littered highway. Those are words Rachel expressed in a letter to KLTV 7 News, hoping her words will turn into action to get rid of all the mess.

"It makes me pretty mad because it's Texas. You have to take care of Texas," says the 13-year-old. As she travels down FM 346, Rachel sees scattered trash littered along the road.

KLTV 7 even spotted bags of garbage at the base of a "no dumping" sign. The trash may not seem like much, but it's the same trek where this avid horseback rider takes her horse, "Belle," for a walk.
"If they go and eat it, it can get stuck in their digestive system and it could just die of suffocation if it gets stuck in them or something. If the horse steps on something with their foot really sharp, they can go lame and you can't ever use them again," says Rachel.

"She's very special and I wouldn't ever want anything like that, as little as trash to not make me ever ride her again."

This future problem-solver has a quick solution, one that everybody can do. "You can keep it in your car and throw it away when you get home or something.. You don't just toss it out the window."

The next time you're tempted to toss trash out the window while driving on 346, know that there's likely, not one but two sets of eyes watching you.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com