Litter Index Explained.

The City of Philadelphia Litter Index is a map-based survey of the litter conditions of the City’s streets, parks and recreation sites, public school sites, green stormwater infrastructure, river ways, and vacant lots.

The litter index is conducted by trained staff in the departments responsible for surveying and documenting litter on City streets, sidewalks, vacant lots and public property.

The litter index is conducted by trained staff in the departments responsible for surveying and documenting litter on City streets, sidewalks, vacant lots and public property. The index is digitized using cloud-based surveys taken on tablets using GPS coordinates to ensure accuracy. Along with an estimated litter count on a city asset or property, field surveyors also give a 1-4 litter rating based on metrics from Keep America Beautiful, with a rating of 1 being little to no litter and a rating of 4 being litter that would require a large clean effort and/or heavy machinery to remove debris.

The litter index application also provides a sidebar with information related to the resources an area has to encourage residents to do their part to keep their neighborhoods clean. If your area does not have a particular resource, please click on its link to find out how to bring it to your neighborhood.

It’s the goal of the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet that the litter index be the tool that allows all of our neighborhoods to strive for zero litter because Zero Starts With One. And a cleaner City starts with you.

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