Litter Index

The Community Appearance and Litter Index was developed by Keep America Beautiful as a quantitative measure used across the nation to gauge roadside litter levels. Keep Durham Beautiful, with the help of a group of dedicated volunteers, have been monitoring litter in Durham since 2005. Volunteers from the community are trained in the method and then drive set routes in Durham to conduct a visual inspection of litter levels. Routes throughout the city and county are scored on a scale from one to four, with a score of one indicating “no litter” and a score of four indicating the area is “extremely littered.” The index is used to determine the effectiveness of litter campaigns and identify litter “hot spots” in the community for future clean ups. 

Join us for Keep Durham Beautiful’s 13th annual Litter Index!

Volunteers are needed to measure roadside litter levels on April 27, 2017 from 8am- 2pm at the Forest Hills Neighborhood Clubhouse (1639 University Dr., Durham, NC)

All volunteers will receive a free breakfast and lunch. Please plan to stay for the entire time frame of the Litter Index (8am-2pm). 

Interested in volunteering? Please RSVP here  

For more information please email Monica at: or call (919)560-4197 ext. 21269



Litter Index

Keep Durham Beautiful volunteers Butch Fisher, Rhonda Spivey, Michael Crutchfield, Rhonda Crutchfield and David Harris prepare to conduct the 2013 Community Appearance and Litter Index in a van provided by University Ford.