Mayor Sylvester Turner joined several city council members and community and neighborhood groups to announce an anti-litter campaign to encourage Houstonians to properly dispose of face masks, gloves, sanitizer wipes and other trash. 

"Don't Let Houston Go to Waste" and "Litter is Trashy" are two of the slogans that will remind people to keep Houston clean by throwing all used items in trash cans and dumpsters. The signs also encourage everyone to do the 'PPE123."
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and social distance.
  • Dispose of your PPE appropriately. 

"The use of proper personal protective equipment, like masks, gloves and hand sanitizer, is critically important in the fight against the spread of COVID-19," Mayor Turner said. "But we have a PPE litter problem."

The mayor named Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Martha Castex Tatum to lead the citywide anti-litter campaign. "We have all noticed the significant increase in litter around our city," said Castex-Tatum. "We must address the uptick in illegal dumping in our parks and streets because COVID waste is being washed into our storm drains and waterways."

"Litter is 100 percent preventable," said Amy Reed, executive director of Keep Houston Beautiful. "It might seem like only one glove that hit the ground or one mask that flew away. Don't trash our city. This is our home, and we want to keep it the cleanest and greenest."