Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

July 3, 2014

Index rates Valdosta litter

VALDOSTA — Each year, Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful issues a Litter Index intended to gauge the amount of litter in the city and county.

KLVB Executive Director H. Aaron Strickland released this year’s Litter Index this week and the rating shows a slight improvement over the previous year.

Valdosta and Lowndes County rated a 1.8 score, Strickland said. Last year’s Litter Index had a score of 1.9.

A score of 1 means no litter; a score of 2, slightly littered; a score of 3, littered; a 4, extremely littered.

KLVB uses Keep America Beautiful criteria for judging sites throughout the region. KLVB conducted its Litter Index on June 24 and 26. The 1.8 score doesn’t mean there aren’t heavily littered areas in the region, the score represents an average of all sites reviewed.

So, with a 1.8 score, Valdosta and Lowndes County are “slightly littered.”

KLVB uses the Litter Index as a guide and publicity tool to raise awareness of how people can make a difference by keeping their property and communities litter-free.

Citing a Yankelovich survey, Strickland said 48 percent of Americans admit to having littered during the previous 10 years. Unfortunately, it shows along roads and road sides.

The Litter Index can help KLVB address the problems of litter in our region, but the real solution will come when people stop throwing trash from their car windows or discard it on the streets.

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