Veteran Dallas City Council Member Dwaine Caraway has launched a new fight against litter as he returns to office after two years away from City Hall.
Caraway said signs are going up in his Southern Dallas District 4 with a new message after past suggestions failed.
“I thought it would be best for me to communicate in a more direct way and tell them, ‘Keep Your Trash in Your Car.’ You can’t be any more clear than that,” he said.
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Caraway hopes to see the signs spread around the city but they are directed at his Southern Dallas neighbors at first because Caraway said Southern Dallas has a larger litter problem that helps keep development away.
“If you don’t project loving the community in which we live, then it’s going to be trashed out,” he said. ”You don’t see some of the things north that you see south. We have to have a more level, more straight and direct conversation in our community.”
Caraway supports a new Oak Cliff deck park over I-35E R.L. Thornton Freeway outside the Dallas Zoo. Litter was plentiful Monday along that freeway at the proposed deck park location.
"I want to break the habit. I want to see a clean community," he said.
Caraway led past crusades against saggy pants and plastic grocery bag trash. A Dallas bag fee he supported was repealed after a court challenge from merchants.
Caraway said the cost of the new signs from the city’s own sign shop is nominal and less than the expense of hiring workers to pick up trash.