Litter Tracking: Executive Summary

In Worcester parks, litter is a growing problem. We worked in collaboration with Jacquelyn Burmeister, Senior Environmental Analyst with the Worcester Department of Public Works (DPW) to develop a litter tracking system that would help assess the amount of litter in parks to determine if litter mitigation efforts are effective. To do this we conducted interviews, field research, and a pilot study of different litter tracking methods. After analyzing our data, we developed both a mobile survey and an accompanying ranking table and guidelines. DPW employees will be able to rate parks using 5 different categories, catalogue litter types, and assess the impact of trash and the clean up effort over time. Finally, we developed numerous recommendations to reduce the amount of litter in Worcester.


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