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Litter Survey

Program Details

The Litter Survey is a quarterly survey of several key areas of Prince William County. Those who volunteer for the program receive training and then spend the morning riding around the county rating the amount of litter they see using a 1 to 4 litter index scale. Surveys last 3—4 hours.

Community Benefits

According to Keep America Beautiful, the presence of litter can decrease property value by 7% and increase crime. The results of the survey are used by KPWB, the Prince William County government, and national litter organizations to determine the effectiveness of local litter control programs and the cost of litter and littering to the environment. Surveys also serve as a opportunity for KPWB to locate littered sites for cleanups and Adopt-a-Spots.

Volunteer Involvement

  • Sign up for pre-selected date.
  • Attend training on the morning of the event.
  • Ride in van and conduct survey.
  • Participate in Trivia activities during van ride.
  • Enjoy post-event lunch with KPWB.
  • Report survey results.

Litter Index: Visually Assessing Your Community

KPWB recognizes the value of native species in restoring balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities through National Planting Day in September. Alongside Keep America Beautiful and fellow affiliates,  KPWB hosts an annual National Planting Day Beautification Event to benefit Prince William County.



Check out our calendar to see if we have an upcoming litter survey!