First month of Rubbish on Polk Street (We did it! 20% reduction in avg. litter!)

We are SO excited! One month ago, we launched a Rubbish Pilot on Polk Street, and the stats for our first month are in! 

So….as you guys may know…..

Emin and I have been thinking about trash for a while now. Mapping, categorizing, picking up (over 15K pieces 😳 to date just in our Polk Street Pilot), programming (Emin has pulled many long nights!), testing, engineering and being more and more motivated to look at trash differently and make a difference. We are fully committed to a healthier, cleaner neighborhood – and we want to share some highlights from the past month, which are…

(Drumroll, please!)

  • Total pieces of litter picked up: 15,843
  • An average improvement of 7% week over week in litter on the ground
  • A 20% total litter reduction when compared to our first week on Polk Street
  • An average decrease in tobacco and cigarettes of 12% week over week, and 33% when compared to our first week on Polk Street

A breakdown by total category can be found below for the First Month of the Pilot in pieces:

BottlesCans   Food   Glass    Other   Paper Tobacco Total
274 194 88 2,099 3,900 9,288 15,843

A breakdown by total category can be found below for the First Month of the Pilot in %:

BottlesCans   Food   Glass    Other   Paper Tobacco Total
2% 1% 1% 13% 25% 59% 100%

What does this tell us? That we are making progress in our quest! Less litter, cleaner streets, happier neighbors!

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Love,

xo Elena and Emin, Chief Rubbishers

Download the infographic!