Litter

Litter

Litter and Illegal Dump Cleanup Activity

Programs 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:

  • Population data from the Office of Financial Management website (OFM 2016 Population Estimates).
  • Centerline miles and miles driven data from Washington State Department of Transportation (year 2013 data).
  • Area data from OFM Data Book (2014 data).
  • Litter activity data reflects what was reported to Department of Ecology by various programs.
    • EYC = Ecology Youth Corps
    • CLCP = Community Litter Cleanup Program
    • DNR = Department of Natural Resources Camps Crews
    • DOC = Department of Corrections Work Crews
  • Hours represents crew supervisor and crew hours combined.
  • Pounds represents both litter and illegally dumped materials picked up (if reported in bags or cubic yards, the figures were converted to pounds using a standard formula). Litter, illegal dump, and pounds recycled are also detailed.
  • Miles represents the number of shoulder miles cleaned. (Think of a mile of road as having two shoulders, therefore representing two miles of road cleaned).
  • Acres represents the number of acres cleaned.
  • # Dumps represents the number of illegal dump sites cleaned up.
2016 Litter Activity Report by Ecology Region

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.

Eastern Region Litter Statistics Central Region Litter Statistics Northwest Region Litter Statistics Southwest Region Litter Statistics
Northwest Region Southwest Region Central Region Eastern Region
Island Clallam Benton Adams
King Clark Chelan Asotin
Kitsap Cowlitz Douglas Columbia
San Juan Grays Harbor Kittitas Ferry
Skagit Jefferson Klickitat Franklin
Snohomish Lewis Okanogan Garfield
Whatcom Mason Yakima Grant
  Pacific   Lincoln
  Pierce   Pend Oreille
  Skamania   Spokane
  Thurston   Stevens
  Wahkiakum   Walla Walla
      Whitman


Past Years' Statistics:
2015 Northwest Southwest Central Eastern Summary
2014 Northwest Southwest Central Eastern Summary
2013 Northwest Southwest Central Eastern Summary
2012 Northwest Southwest Central Eastern Summary
2011 Northwest Southwest Central Eastern Summary
2010 Northwest Southwest Central Eastern Summary
2009 Northwest Southwest Central Eastern Summary
2008 Northwest Southwest Central Eastern Summary
2007 Northwest Southwest Central Eastern Summary
2006 Northwest Southwest Central Eastern Summary