Keep Temple Beautiful and our affiliates, Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful, offer many educational resources for schools, churches and community groups. Contact KTB to find out about local programs, or visit Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful for even more.

KTB supports the Junior Master Gardener program in Central Texas. JMG began as a dream of a few avid Master Gardeners, teachers, children and Extension faculty. These few planted the initial seed that has now germinated into a premier children’s gardening program.

More than 600 children and adults contributed to the development, writing, layout, art and piloting of this curriculum, and have shaped and molded this program into a handbook and teacher/leader guide that will be fun, educational and exciting for everyone. The goal of the Junior Master Gardener program is to use horticulture as a tool for cultivating children and communities.

The Junior Master Gardener program introduces young gardeners to the art and science of gardening and helps them develop leadership and life skills to become good citizens within their communities, schools and families.

All About Litter

Top 10 Tips for Preventing Litter



  1. Set an example by not littering! Carry a litter bag in your car or put litter in your pocket until you find a recycling container or trash can!

  2. Pick up ONE piece of litter every day! That's 365 LESS pieces of litter on our streets, in our parks, and around our schools thanks to YOU. Imagine if everyone picked up just one piece!

  3. Teach others the proper way to dispose of their trash. Show them the difference between a clean area and an area spoiled by litter, and stress why it IS important to place trash in the proper containers.

  4. Make sure that your trash bins have lids that can be securely attached. If you have curbside trash service, do not put out open containers or boxes filled with debris. All it takes is a gust of wind or a pesky critter to make quite a mess!

  5. Ask your neighbors to join you in cleaning up one public area! Contact KEEP TEMPLE BEAUTIFUL to receive trash bags and other supplies to help in litter collection. Then, contact your local Department of Public Works to become involved by collecting the bags of litter, or by waiving the disposal fee at the landfill or solid waste facility.

  6. Tie papers in a bundle before placing them on the street for pick-up. This prevents papers from becoming kites and littering our neighborhoods!

  7. If you or a member of your family is involved in a civic group, scouting or recreational sports program, encourage the group to become involved in a clean-up! Join a community event, or plan your own clean-up event; KEEP TEMPLE BEAUTIFUL can help!!! You can also adopt-a-spot and tidy it up on a regular basis.

  8. Find out how you can plant and maintain flowers or trees along a curb or sidewalk. People litter less where areas have been beautified!

  9. Ask business owners to check their dumpsters every day to make sure that the lids are closed and doors are closed.  Ask them to keep the area clean, and to put out  RECYCLING receptacles for people to use.

  10. If you own a construction or hauling business make sure that your trucks are covered when transferring material. Use show fencing around construction or demolition sites to prevent debris from being blown into neighboring areas. Place trash containers on every floor for construction workers to use.

MYTH: Litter control is not important. 
FACT: Litter may not be the most dramatic or exciting of the many problems that threaten the quality of our environment, but it is a problem which affects everyone in the community 

MYTH: Only "certain types" of people litter. 
FACT: "Litterbugs" can be found among people of every age, sex, race and ethnic origin, at every level of society and in all geographic locations 

MYTH: Littering creates jobs. 
FACT: LITTER COSTS MONEY. Last year Texas taxpayers paid nearly $10 million for roadside cleanup. Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) spent this amount to clean up only the worst areas - roads with high litter accumulation. The money could have been used to construct Roadside Rests or Traveler Information Stops or for State road, bridge and pothole repair. 

MYTH: No one notices litter. 
FACT: LITTER DESTROYS THE BEAUTY OF A COMMUNITY. People come from all over the world to see the beauty of our countryside, towns and cities when litter mars that enjoyment, Texas loses valuable tourist dollars. 

MYTH: Litter doesn't hurt anyone. 
FACT: Litter is a safety hazard. Litter is a breeding ground for fire and disease. 
FACT: Litter impacts car insurance rates because thousands of auto accidents are litter-related. 
FACT: Ingesting litter causes injury or death to thousands of animals. 
FACT: Litter is a breeding ground for rats and disease-causing bacteria. 

MYTH: Litter doesn't affect the economy. 
FACT: Litter discourages economic development because it impacts real estate values. Good stores and important businesses will not locate in a community which lacks the pride to effectively control litter.

Quick Litter Fighting Tips:

  1. Don’t litter.

  2. Learn about litter so you can teach others that prevention is a wise choice to make.

  3. If you see a friend litter, tell them why they shouldn’t litter.

  4. If you see litter, pick it up.

  5. Adopt-A-Street, Adopt-A-Park or Adopt-A-Highway in Temple. It is vital that as a community we advance the principles of sustainability to enhance our quality of life. Sustainability means thinking about our behavior in a bigger context and recognizing that the choices we make have a profound effect on our future. Please join Keep Temple Beautiful in working for a cleaner, greener tomorrow.

Before Recycling... Reduce and Reuse
What does Reduce and Reuse mean?

Reducing means eliminating waste before it is produced. Reusing means finding new uses for items that might otherwise be discarded. By making a few changes in your purchasing patterns and daily habits, you can reduce the amount of waste your produce.

How do I get started?
Take a look at the items you purchase and use in your daily life, and the impact these have on the environment. Is the product made from recycled content? Is the item meant to last or be discarded after one use? Can the container by reused or recycled? Can the product be bought in bulk or large sizes?

Consider not only the product, but also the packaging, which account for almost one-third of our garbage.  Avoid products that are over packaged, such as a bottle inside of a box. Contact manufacturers and local stores and ask them to offer products with less packaging.

Every time you go shopping there are hundreds of items competing for your dollars. There use to be a time when only high-quality items that lasted were sold. Now we are tempted to buy inexpensive things meant to be thrown away after one use (e.g. disposable cameras, razors and coffee cups). It is time to get back to buying quality products that have a long life.

Here are some more helpful hints:

At Home:

  1. Use sponges and dish towels for cleaning and drying instead of paper towels.

  2. Reduce yard clippings by composting or leaving cut grass on the lawn.

  3. Borrow or rent items you use infrequently.

  4. Mend, repair or giveaway clothes and appliances instead of replacing them or throwing them away.

  5. Make cleaning rags out of worn clothes, towels and sheets.

  6. Donate unwanted furniture, appliances, and other items to thrift stores and charities.

  7. Purchase environmental bags that can be used repeatedly to carry groceries and other items.

  8. Pass on magazines and books to hospitals, libraries, senior centers and friends.

  9. Practice preventative maintenance for longer wear or durability.

At the Store:

  1. Purchase environmental bags that can be used repeatedly to carry groceries and other items.

  2. Refuse a bag at the check-out counter for small purchases.

  3. Buy detergents, cleaners and other items in large sizes or refillable containers.

  4. Buy reusable shaving razors rather than disposables.

  5. Buy products made from recycled and recyclable content.

  6. Buy durable products that are easy to repair and have long warranties.

At Work:

  1. Reduce paper waste by making two-sided copies.

  2. Edit documents on the computer to reduce the need to print multiple drafts.

  3. Carry your lunch in reusable containers rather than paper bags.

  4. Bring a coffee cup from home instead of using disposable cups.

  5. Whenever possible, use email instead of snail mail.

  6. Use recycled paper; encourage your purchasing department to buy recycled content products.

  7. Use scrap paper printed on only one side for scratch paper.

  8. Start a recycle program.

Now that you have the basic idea of how to Reduce and Reuse, take it one step further. How about simply consuming less? Consider the impact all this consumption has on the environment.

By making small changes in our daily lives, we can collectively make a difference. Remember… every effort helps, regardless of how small. For more information feel free to contact Keep Temple Beautiful at (254) 493-4000 or 
email us.



Litter Decomposition Times


  • Glass bottle:    Approx. 1 million years

  • Plastic 6-pack cover:  450 years

  • Aluminum can:  200-500 years

  • Rubber boot sole:  50-80 years

  • Leather:  up to 50 years 

  • Nylon fabric:  30-40 years

  • Plastic film container:  20-30 years

  • Painted wooden stake:  13 years

  • Plastic bag:  10-20 years

  • Plastic coated paper:  5 years

  • Wool clothing:  1-5 years

  • Cigarette butt:  1-5 years

  • Cotton rag:  1-5 months

  • Orange peel or banana peel:  2-5 weeks