City officials will use litter index to make data-driven decisions

Philly Voice
Feb. 14, 2018
By John Kopp

A new map details the amount of litter scattered across Philadelphia, a tool that city officials say will help them make data-driven decisions in their attempt to rid streets and lots of trash.

The so-called “Litter Index” rates conditions on roads, parks, schools, transit stations, infrastructure sites and vacant lots.

Trained staffers from six city departments spent five months last year surveying the entire city, ranking each block on a four-point scale based on metrics from Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit that aims to diminish littering.

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