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NORML of Waco participates in 2016 Texas Trash-Off

Texas Trash-Off 2016

Volunteers with NORML of Waco recently spent their Saturday picking up trash along the organization’s adopted two mile stretch of highway.

The non-profit chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws participated in what is known as the annual Texas Trash-Off on Saturday, April 9, where groups around the state made a coordinated effort to clean up our highways and make our communities a better place to live.

Braving incoming rain, volunteers filled more than 20 trash bags and picked up the remains of several tires on Highway 164 just outside of Mart.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018

“It’s a great way to give back to our community and helps people be mindful of how what we do impacts our neighbors, especially when it comes to littering,” says Stephen Carter, the group’s Deputy Director.

He adds, “littering has a severe impact on our environment, especially out where our stretch of highway is. Farmers and ranchers have cattle and other livestock in the area. One plastic bag could kill a cow if they eat it. That harms our agricultural community, and in turn that harms the rest of us.”

Photo by Richard Childers
Photo by Richard Childers

NORML of Waco was the first cannabis advocacy organization in the state to adopt a highway, and has been working their stretch since 2009. They also conduct food and clothing drives as part of their dedication to community service.

The Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off is the single largest one-day cleanup event in the state and serves as Texas’s signature event for the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program. The Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off is part of TxDOT’s litter prevention program, which includes Don’t mess with Texas, Adopt-a-Highway, and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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