For this reason, Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful
, an environmentally conscious citizen engagement effort directed by Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency (LUESA), conducts an annual Litter Index Survey (LIS) to measure the amount of visible litter in the county. The 2013 LIS score of 1.14 is the lowest reported since the program began in 2003.
The LIS is conducted by dividing the C
ounty into 50 manageable and comparable areas. County employees, Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful board members and community volunteers then surveyed and measured litter on a four point scale (shown below) over a two-day period in June. Once all scores are collected and average score is calculated for the entire county.
Litter Index Scale:
1 = No Litter
2 = Slightly Littered
3 = Littered
4 = Extremely Littered
Jake Wilson, Mecklenburg County environmental supervisor, says the Litter Index makes litter prevention easier.
“Looking at litter is the place to begin empowering individuals to enhance their community environments,” Wilson said. “Assessing the presence of litter in your community—getting the facts—is the first step in the litter prevention education process.”