Litter on Valley highways costs the Texas Department of Transportation $2.1 million

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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.”

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