CITY HALL — The amount of trash and cigarette butts on city streets continues to decline, according to the most recent “litter index” released this week.
Glendale Neighborhood Services officials reported that on a scale of 1 to 4 — with 1 indicating “no litter” and 4 representing “extremely littered” — the city had an average ranking of 1.47.
The results were compiled last month when city officials and volunteers recorded litter levels in 24 study areas.
The annual litter ranking has fallen consistently since 2005, when Glendale received a 1.87 ranking in the inaugural study.
City officials attribute the decline to a range of outreach activities, including educational programs at schools, a block adoption program and community clean-up events.
“We feel when people actually participate in those programs, that people walk away feeling more of a sense of ownership for their neighborhood and their community,” said Sandra Rodriguez, a program coordinator for the Neighborhood Services Division.