It’s perhaps the best-known slogan in the state: Don’t mess with Texas.
Litterbugs, though, still leave trash on Texas highways. They also leave Texans with a big annual bill: $35 million.
In the Valley, the Texas Department of Transportation spends $2.1 million picking up trash on local highways every year, said Octavio Saenz, a spokesman for the Pharr District.
“So it’s important that people be aware that our highways are everybody’s,” Saenz said. “We all have a responsibility to keep them clean.”