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Abilene's dirty little problem: Litter

Published On: Apr 24 2013 09:51:20 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

More than one billion pieces of trash will make it to Texas roadways this year and even the nicest parts of Abilene aren't safe.

Karon Rogers visits Nelson Park everyday to feed the ducks and she can't help but notice the trash.

"We've got a beautiful place out at Grover Nelson and they just mess it up, it's not good for the fish, it's not good for the ducks and geese." says Rovers.

Along with bottles and bags, things like tires and cushions dot parts of the Abilene landscape. According to http://austintexas.gov, an aluminum can takes 200 to 500 years to break down. A plastic bottle takes one million years.

If you're tossing trash like that out your window, you may as well throw some money with it.

According to Texas State Trooper Sparky Dean, the fines range from $200 to $1000. They can be determined by the individual judge.

Several road crews are assigned the task of cleaning grassy areas along Texas roadways but you can also adopt a section of road to care for.

For more facts on how long simple litter items take to break down in the environment, check http://http://austintexas.gov/faq/important-facts-about-litter.