A couple weeks ago, a plastic slide was removed from a park and placed on a picnic table.
It was all very confusing.
How did the slide get in?
Who took it?
And what happened to it?
Now the plastic is back in the park and there’s a new mystery.
The problem started after the slide was installed in 2014, according to a press release from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Plastic slide removal has been a controversial topic in the parks system for some time.
The plastic slide that got removed was the second to come in a while.
Plastic slides were first removed in the late 1980s and then again in the early 2000s.
The Texas Parks Service has seen more than 3 million plastic slides removed from parks in the past two years, a number that has been increasing every year.
The park service does not keep statistics on how many of these slides are actually in use.
But, according in the press release, it estimates there are more than 600,000 plastic slides on public lands.
The agency has asked local, state and federal agencies to review the plastic slides in their possession, and to report any problems that could arise.
One of the parks agencies that responded to the parks department’s request to look into plastic slides was the Texas Environmental Protection Agency, or TEPA.
The TEPA is the state agency responsible for managing environmental quality and enforcing environmental laws.
The release states that the TEPA “will be actively investigating any reports of plastic slides that may have occurred in public lands in Texas” and is seeking information from the public and private sources on the matter.
In response to a request for comment, a TEPA spokesperson said the agency was “not aware of any complaints or issues regarding plastic slides” in Texas.
However, she added, “We do have a process in place for handling complaints regarding plastic slide removal.”
The issue of plastic slide theft in Texas has been well documented.
In January, an officer was arrested and charged with stealing a plastic slip from the state capitol building.
And last year, an employee at a public library was arrested for stealing a piece of plastic from a slide that he was using.
However that incident was caught on camera and posted on YouTube.
And it’s not just the public that’s worried about plastic slides.
The state parks department said in a press conference last year that the number of plastic slips that have been removed in Texas was about one million a year.
In 2014, more than 4,200 plastic slips were taken from public lands, and in 2016, the state lost more than 5,000 of them.
The issue with plastic slides, however, isn’t limited to parks.
A report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Board released in September found that the Texas parks system is the third-most polluted state in the nation, with more than 11 million plastic and paper products removed from the air, water and land.
And the report notes that about 3.2 million of these products are imported and stored in Texas parks.
Plastic Slide Removal in Texas is a Problem in the Parks, Too The release from TEPA states that “the number of slides removed has been on the rise and is projected to continue to rise.”
The state says that plastic slide incidents “are on the increase” and that the plastic slide problem in Texas “is a concern.”
A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Parks and Tourism, Chris Wieland, told Medical News Now that the agency is working to educate park visitors on the issue.
“As a public service to all of our visitors, we have made it a priority to educate our visitors on how to handle plastic slide hazards,” he said.
Wielor added that he can’t comment on whether plastic slides are being removed at the parks because “those matters are under review by the state.
We are also working to improve our plastic slide management processes to address plastic slide issues.”
The problem with plastic slide thieves is clear.
The slides are easily visible, and the items can be difficult to identify.
But the slides are often stolen from vehicles or parked in parks.
“The more plastic you put in a park, the more you’re going to see it,” Wiel, the spokesperson, said.
Plastic slabs can easily get broken by park staff or even other park visitors.
And that can make them more likely to fall.
The slide that was stolen from the Capitol building, for example, weighed nearly 200 pounds, according the release.
Plastic slips can be slippery and can easily slide over other plastic items, and park staff often don’t know how to safely remove them.
“A lot of people don’t realize how fragile plastic can be,” Wiele said.
“It can easily be removed by a park ranger.”
Plastic slide thieves are also often seen on public property.
One incident that caught the attention of the TEAP came in 2014.
An employee of the Texas State Parks and Recreation Department was arrested after allegedly stealing a large plastic slide from a car.
A Texas Parks ranger