City of McAllen News


by Office of Communications | Mar 22, 2017

McALLEN – It’s that time of the year. Spring has sprung and we are spring cleaning our City. Keep McAllen Beautiful (KMB) is organizing their annual Great American Clean-Up & Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-off to take place on Saturday, April 1st from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at McAllen Municipal Park.  So put your cleaning shoes on and join us as we partner with Texas Department of Transportation to help them celebrate 30 years of “Don’t Mess With Texas”. 


Normalynda Zepeda, KMB board member will again serve as Chairperson of this awesome event. “I love this event because I get to invite everyone to come join our KMB board members and hundreds of volunteers for four short hours of cleaning”. Everyone can participate! Volunteers come from all walks of life such as students, business leaders, civic and non-profit organizations, individuals, families, community and religious groups, sororities, fraternities, sports teams, and the military.  City parks, hike and bike trails, and public right of ways are the main focus of this clean-up. In 2016, a total of 2.2 tons of trash was collected.   Volunteers will be issued safety vests, gloves, and trash bags and then assigned a designated area to pick up litter.  They will be transported and picked up from their assigned sites once the cleanup has been completed.  Volunteers will be treated to a free t-shirt, hot dogs, soda, and various raffle prizes after the cleanup.


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 Texas Department of Transportation’s litter prevention program, which includes Don’t mess with Texas, Adopt-a-Highway, and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful. For thirty years, the Don’t Mess with Texas campaign (along with a lot of our very famous friends) has taught Texans the real cost of littering. Whether the message appears on a billboard, TV, or a screen, we’re proud of the impact it has had on helping reduce litter in Texas. Help us celebrate their 30th Anniversary by locally taking part our special event. You might even be a lucky winner during our after cleanup festivities - featuring great prizes that TX DOT will be providing, like a YETI Hopper 20 Cooler!



Great American Cleanup & Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off

Saturday, April 1, 2016 -8AM-12NOON

 McAllen Municipal Park – 1921 N. Bicentennial Blvd.To Sign Up Visit: or call 681-4562 for more details.

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