ktmb

Litter Survey

The 2019 Litter Index Survey has been completed. The results are listed below. Check back soon for information on the July 2020 event.

KTMB’s Litter Index Survey tracks the cleanliness of the Truckee Meadows as a whole. It is done annually as part of a national effort by Keep America Beautiful, who collects this data from across the country to provide information and resources on the impacts of litter in the U.S. Truckee Meadows Tomorrow uses KTMB’s Litter Survey results as one their key community indicators.

How it Works

KTMB’s Litter Index Survey tracks the cleanliness of the Truckee Meadows as a whole. It is done annually as part of a national effort by Keep America Beautiful, who collects this data from across the country to provide information and resources on the impacts of litter in the U.S. KTMB conducts the Litter Survey each year and incorporates the survey in our various programs, especially to identify possible cleanup sites for the Truckee River Cleanup Day or Great Community Cleanup. Areas are rated based on a scale of 1-4: 1, meaning “virtually no litter”; and 4, indicating “major illegal dump site”. The survey will be done by car, driving the specified route. Sign up as a group (1 car, 4-5 people) or sign up individually to join a group. Sign up to help us survey here!

illegal dumping

Litter Survey Results: 2013 – 2018

2013

Total community score: 1.6

Neighborhood Score: 1.3

Highway Score: 1.5

2014

Total community score: 1.6

Neighborhood Score: 1.4

Highway Score: 1.9

2015

Total community score: 2.1

Neighborhood Score: 1.9

Highway Score: 2.1

2016

Total community score: 1.6

Neighborhood Score: 1.4

Highway Score: 1.6

2017

Total community score: 1.7

Neighborhood Score: 1.6

Highway Score: 1.7

2018

Total community score: 1.6

Neighborhood Score: 1.6

Highway Score: 1.6

2019 **Survey reconfigured**

Total community score: 1.56

Northeast Score (Sparks, Lemmon Valley, Sun Valley, North Valleys): 1.7

Northwest Score(Verdi, Reno NW, University, USFS, BLM): 2

Southeast Score (Reno commercial, industrial, recreational, neighborhood, agricultural): 1.3

Southwest Score (Reno neighborhood, commercial): 1.3

River Corridor Score (from industrial Sparks to Mayberry): 1.5

Facts and Information

  • Read Keep America Beautiful reports on litter.
  • The most common roadside litter is Cigarette Butts.
  • Cigarette butts contain toxins, have been found in the stomachs of wildlife, and take years to biodegrade.
  • Check out KTMB’s Recycling Guide for places to recycle things like cardboard, electronics, household hazardous waste, televisions, tires, etc.