SAN ANGELO – Over the past few weeks the trash seems to continuously build up around Loop 306 especially between Foster Rd. and Knickerbocker Rd. Because of that, San Angelo LIVE! has received a number of complaints from citizens about the views on their daily commute.
San Angelo LIVE! took the tips and ran with the story. One person that we spoke to was San Angelo's trash expert Charlotte Anderson with Keep San Angelo Beautiful. She explained why sometimes it looks like Woodstock '99.
"You may be at your home, you may be at an event and you throw some trash in the back of your pickup. You think "Oh I'm just going down the block" then the trash is gone where ever you went and you think you did your part," said Anderson. "But we have to remember that whatever is on our streets, highways, and our yards goes to our lakes, rivers, and streams."
The Texas Department of Transportation has been doing its part in attempting to help clean up the highway right-of-way. Over the past week, crews have been working along the Houston Hart Expressway near the Glenna and Arden exit picking up trash. Despite their efforts, a new litter spot has popped up.
Along W Loop 306 frontage road near the Texas Department of Public Safety office on Monday the amount of trash build up covered the area of grass along the U-turn lane. There is a number of reasons why the trash build up is so big at this spot.
One reason could be that it is near a large apartment complex where new Angelo State University students live. Monday was the first day of classes so as usual a large influx of students returned to their temporary housing across town.
Another possible reason could be the fact that people do not remember to take care of their trash. Instead they throw it out and expect others to pick it up for them. So here are a few tips to help stop littering:
Make sure your trash is secure.
Participate in a community clean-up day.
Keep a litter bag in your vehicle.
Make good use of recycle bins.