The Litter Index is a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful that provides a starting point for the litter prevention process. The Litter Index is conducted by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) volunteer teams who rank areas of the community on a cleanliness scale from 1 to 4 (the lower the number, the lower the amount of litter observed in the area). In 2015, KTMB began collapsing sub-areas into Wards and Districts for easier tracking (sub-area index data are available in the data file).
KTMB has a long history of successful involvement with neighborhood and community cleanups—from the Sparks Clean Sweep to the Reno Clean & Green to their Adopt-a-Spot program and other localized efforts. Freeway debris can be especially dangerous for drivers and residents end up paying for related accident costs. According to Waste Management, Washoe County residents brought more than 14,000 yards of waste to the Lockwood Dump during the April 2009 Free Dump Week. KTMB’s 550 volunteers cleared 16 tons of trash and debris from the Truckee River in 2013.
Liter Index Notes:
1 = No litter; virtually no litter can be observed
2 = Slightly littered; upon careful inspection, a small amount of litter is obvious
3 = Littered; visible litter can readily be seen throughout the area, likely requiring an organized cleanup
4 = Extremely littered; major illegal dumpsites are present, requiring equipment or extra manpower for removal