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New Report Shows Reno-Sparks Maintains 'Littered' Score From 2013

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From Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful:

RENO, NV (June 25, 2014) – Volunteers rated Reno-Sparks on Wednesday night for litter and illegal dumping during the annual KTMB Litter Survey. Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) has been conducting the survey, part of a national Keep America Beautiful initiative, since 1990.

This year, the Reno-Sparks area had an overall rating of 1.6, which falls between a between a #1 rating of virtually no litter, and a #2, which means litter is apparent, and matches the score from 2013. Unlike last year, no areas scored a #3, meaning an organized cleanup is required, or a #4, meaning major dumpsites are present. Scores are used by municipalities and local agencies to gauge cleanup needs in their areas.

"This is good news for our community because we're working to maintain clean streets in our community, and our volunteers have been working very hard on open space and river cleanups," said Christi Cakiroglu, KTMB executive director. "But people are still seeing trash when they visit our community, and considering how much litter and illegal dumping cost our cities, just making sure your trash is picked up is a simple way to help out.

"We also know a lot of trash is getting dumped away from our roadways, into the river or out further into open space areas, and we are looking at how to alleviate those problems."

Teams of volunteers set out along 17 routes to look for trash and illegal dumping, and scored them based on a national scale used by Keep America Beautiful. Routes this year were expanded to include more areas of Sparks and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport area.

"Including the airport was really important because that area is the first glimpse people get of our area when they come here to visit, for business, or even when we come home after being away," said Cakiroglu. "If that area is full of trash, your whole visit or homecoming is affected."

"Tonight as our volunteers were coming back, they were all commenting on how beautiful their routes were," said Cakiroglu. "Some had never been to the areas they drove tonight and others were reminded of places they loved.

"We've gotten a lot of negative press lately about being a trashy state, and we do have some problem areas, but we live in a beautiful place with so much to offer. With just a little care, we can keep this amazing community clean and healthy for all our families."

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