Litter Awareness Program
Shreveport Green conducts numerous activities to combat litter in Shreveport. We distribute literature about the littering problem, sources of littering, and how to prevent it. We assist volunteer groups monthly with litter cleanup efforts. We hold a city-wide, one day cleanup known as the Great American Cleanup each spring (April) and we make presentations in schools and to civic organizations to encourage participation in cleanup and litter prevention efforts.
We also spearhead the new anti-litter campaign, Don't Be Trashy, Keep It Classy! This multi-faceted approach to litter awareness focuses on the individual's responsibility... whether it be a pedestrian or driver! You are responsible for whatever trash you create - whether you're a smoker, driver of a pickup truck, or in charge of putting out your family's garbage.
Litter Index Survey
The Litter Index Survey is a tool developed by Keep America Beautiful to help its 400+ affiliates determine the litter situation in their communities. Each spring we conduct the Litter Index Survey to measure how clean 119 square miles of Shreveport is. This includes a visual assessment of the presence of litter per zip codes: 71101, 71103, 71104, 71106, 71107, 71108, and 71109. This tool enables us to determine the types of litter prevention strategies needed and it shows us exactly where litter problems occur.
According to studies conducted by Keep America Beautiful and the American Public Works Association, there are SEVEN SOURCES OF LITTER:
- Motorists(also includes boaters)
- Households(open/improperly covered refuse containers)
- Hauling(uncovered loads)
- Loading Docks
- Commercial Refuse Storage Areas (dumpsters)
- Construction/Demolition Sites
Keep America Beautiful teaches the following approaches to community change:
- Education - in schools and communities
- Technology - equipment to measure and manage waste
- Ordinances - laws which impact solid waste and litter management
- Enforcement - consistent, effective law and ordinance enforcement
How Clean Are We?
See the history of litter ratings for the city
- 2007 - 2.1
- 2008 - 2.4
- 2009 - 1.8
- 2010 - 1.7
- 2011 - 1.8
- 2012 - 1.3
- 2013 - 1.2
- 2014 - 1.3
- Represents "No Litter"
- Represents "Slightly Littered"
- Represents "Littered"
- Represents "Extremely Littered"