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The Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, oversees Texas transportation and is headquartered in Austin. The Texas Legislature created the organization in 1917, although the agency has had several names throughout the past century.

'Texas Trash-Off' This Weekend

This weekend, Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportationare joining together for 'Texas Trash-Off', which is Texas's "largest single-day litter cleanup" event.

Volunteers across the state will work to remove litter from public areas, including parks, waterways and roads. In 2012, more than 80,000 volunteers collected about 7 million pounds of litter. Volunteers and groups can participate in the city or statewide

The event comes at a time when Keep Texas Beautiful is re-launching their "Don't Mess With Texas" campaign, which originally started in 1986. 

Littering in Texas can result in a fine of up to $500. Repeat offenders face fines as high as $2,000. 

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