Litter study shows Glendale isn’t too trashy
The amount of trash and cigarette butts on Glendale city streets continues to decline, according to the most recent "litter index" released this week.
Glendale Neighborhood Services officials reported that on a scale of 1 to 4 -- with 1 indicating "no litter" and 4 representing "extremely littered" -- the city had an average ranking of 1.47.
The results were compiled last month when city officials and volunteers recorded litter levels in 24 study areas, the Glendale News-Press reported.
The annual litter ranking has fallen consistently since 2005, when Glendale received a 1.87 ranking in the inaugural study.
City officials attribute the decline to a range of outreach activities, including educational programs at schools, a block adoption program and community cleanup events.
"We feel when people actually participate in those programs, that people walk away feeling more of a sense of ownership for their neighborhood and their community," said Sandra Rodriguez, a program coordinator for the Neighborhood Services Division.
Glendale resident Margaret Hammond, a longtime member of the Committee for a Clean & Beautiful Glendale, said as a volunteer, she has seen the decline in litter in recent years.
"Last year, I was amazed at the difference from what it was the year before," she said. "We would go virtually blocks and blocks and not see anything."
The study did find hot spots with higher levels of litter -- mainly along stretches of the Golden State, Glendale and the Foothill freeways.
The highest amount of litter was reported in the study areas along the 5 Freeway in the Glendale Rancho area, which received a ranking of 3.17, compared with 1.75 in last year's survey.
-- Melanie Hicken, Times Community News
Photo: Cigarette butts litter the ground in a Glendale parking lot. Credit: Glendale News-Press