According to the
Texas Litter Abatement Act:
- It is a Class
C misdemeanor to illegally dispose of litter that weighs
15 pounds or less or has a volume of 13 gallons or less.
- It is a Class A misdemeanor
to illegally dispose of litter that weighs 500 pounds
or more or has a volume of 100 cubic feet or more.
can be fined up to $500. Repeat the offense, and you could
face a fine of up to $2,000 and 180 days in jail. If a person
has been previously convicted of violating this Act, that
person's punishment will be upgraded to the next highest
category for any subsequent violation of this Act. In other
words if someone was convicted of a Class A misdemeanor
previously they would now be subject to a third-degree felony.
Here are some common
- Throwing litter out of a vehicle.
- Pouring used motor oil or
restaurant grease into storm drains or down manhole
covers. It is also illegal to dump oil on the ground.
- Dumping cars into a rivers.
- Hauling trash for profit and
dumping it in any place that is not a legal landfill.
Commercial dumping is subject to increased fines and
- Letting someone else dump
trash on your property.