Litter and Illegal Dump Cleanup ActivityPrograms that receive funding from the Department of Ecology (Ecology) must report their accomplishments. It is required by RCW 70.93.200 to provide an annual summary on our website of litter collection activities funded by Ecology. Each program collects a variety of information. Statewide, litter and illegal dump cleanup activities are measured by counting the number of hours litter crews worked , the size of the area they covered (miles or acres), the number of illegal dump sites they cleaned, and the number of pounds cleaned up.
Calendar year 2000 was the first year that litter and illegal dump pickup activities were quantified on a statewide basis. The statistics include the Ecology Youth Corps, the Community Litter Cleanup Program, the Department of Natural Resources Camps Program, and the Department of Corrections Work Crew Program. See the Who's Who in Litter Pickup page of this website for more information on these programs.
Each program organizes its activity by county. Several statistics about the county itself are considered because they influence how much litter is there and how many crews might be needed. Population and miles driven affect the volume of litter. Acres and total miles of roadside give a measure of the area that a litter crew may have to cover in a single season.
The information presented may not include all litter activity in a county; it only includes data from crews required to report to Ecology.
Here is a description of the information included:
Below you will find links to activity information by county, grouped by Ecology region, for 2016. Find your county and click on the Ecology region name. You may have to scroll or page through until you reach your county information. A map summarizing litter activity for each region is also included.
Or for a chart that summarizes and totals litter activity by region, click here.
Past Years' Statistics:
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