Major Sources of Litter


In 2016, Open Channels Group (OCG) conducted a survey of residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex regarding their perceptions of litter. In this study, commissioned by the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), a majority of participants, 70 percent, reported observing litter on a very frequent basis and an even larger portion, 80 percent, felt their city should do more to keep general public areas clean. Residents are aware of the negative impacts of litter, although the actual size and scope of the litter problem in Fort Worth is not widely realized.

List of major sources of litter

Residential and commercial garbage cans and dumpsters

If trash containers or dumpsters do not have closed, tight-fitting lids, or no lid at all, then trash is scattered by animals or the wind.

Uncontrolled parking lots, fast-food restaurants and convenience stores

Litter from unmaintained trash containers or placed on surface lots is frequently blown onto neighboring properties or into waterways. Business owners, operators and managers must control litter and illegal dumping on their properties.

Worksites (loading docks, construction and demolition sites)

Construction material waste, employee negligence, items falling from delivery and waste hauling vehicles, cement truck waste and excavation waste have negative impacts on the properties surrounding worksites. Loading docks are sources of blowing litter - shrink wrap, corrugated boxes, shipping documents, etc.

If you work at or operate a site, be sure to require your workers and delivery personnel to use waste cans and dumpsters for trash.

Motorists and pedestrians

Individuals who generate litter and waste while driving, walking, jogging or biking can be fined for littering. Fines range up to $2,000 per violation. Be sure to use car litter bags and keep trash until you can recycle it or dispose of it properly in a can/bin at the next rest area, gas station, or convenient store/restaurant.

Unsecured truckloads

Loads that are not tied down can release loose materials onto streets and freeways. Trucks that allow material to fall off the truck are subject to fines up to $2,000. Secure loads with tarps or nets. If something blows from your vehicle, be responsible and pick up after yourself.


As an affiliate of both Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Fort Worth Beautiful (KFWB) hosts award-winning programs in the local community.


Since 2014, the City has partnered with the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) and other cities in North Texas on the regional Reverse Litter campaign which includes the Ten on Tuesday call to action and other programs. Join the Trinity Trash Bash events every fall and spring to help protect our river!


This storied campaign, developed by the Texas Department of Transportation, fosters state pride and encourages everyone to keep litter off of Texas roads. If you see someone littering from their vehicle, you can report them through the Report a Litterer app or the Don't Mess with Texas website.