THE 2011 AMERICAN STATE LITTER SCORECARD: USA’s Cleanest and Dirtiest States
Includes Data, Scores, Charts
by Steve Spacek...
Why a State Litter Scorecard?
Consequences of Littering/Dumping Amongst States: Significant social costs.
--Governmental N...
Figure 1: Map of BEST, WORST State Results of The 2011 American State Litter Scorecard
Table 1: State Condition Results for THE 2011 American State Litter Scorecard
State Rating
1 Washington BEST 25 Alaska AVE...
AL 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +0.5 +1.0 -2.5 +3.5 -4.5 +0.5 +2.0 +5.5
AK 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +4.5 +2.5 -1.0 +1.5 -4.5 0.0 +3.5 +11.5
AZ...
MT 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +3.0 -5.5 +4.0 -4.5 +1.5 +4.0 +7.5
NE 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +4.0 +2.0 -4.5 +3.5 -0.5 +2.0 +4.0 +15.5
NV...
INDICATORS:
OB1: States with Litter Taxation (2011)
OB2: States with Container Deposit Rules/Legislation (2011)
OB3: State...
Table 3: BEST States of 2011 American State Litter Scorecard
1 Washington BEST (top)
2 California BEST
3 Iowa BEST
3 Maine...
Table 4: WORST States of The 2011 American State Litter Scorecard
1 Kentucky WORST
2 Louisiana WORST
3 Mississippi WORST
3...
Common Characteristics: 2011 WORST States
12 states deemed “WORST” (KY, LA, MS, NV, AL, IN, GA, IL, OK, MT, ND, TX)
--NO L...
Figure 2: Changes in National Status Designations between 2008 and 2010 American State Litter Scorecards
Changes in Scorecard National Status Designations: 2008 -2011
--14 states improved their statuses
--17 states had status d...
CONCLUSION
--Budget Shortfall Crisis Could Hamper State Short-term Litter Abatements.
--Some States Engaged in Historicall...
Examples of Indicator Data Sources, 2011 Scorecard
(some research data allowed to Author by source, with advance written p...
Illegal Littering/Dumping
Breeds Diseases; KILLS
Humans, Pets, Landscapes!!
Copyright 2014, S. Spacek Public Service Consu...
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  • Top Five, 2012 TRAVEL+LEISURE's “America’s Dirtiest Cities” and their 'Illegal Dumping is OK' Mayors

    DIRTIEST CITY RANK

    #1 New York-- Mike Bloomberg

    #2 New Orleans --Mitch Landrieu

    #3 Baltimore--Stef Rawlings-Blake

    #4 Los Angeles-Tony Villaraigosa

    #5 Atlanta--Kasim Reed

    ’Many thanks’ to Ms. Brown-Hunt of TRAVEL+LEISURE--an American Express publication--for permitting me the use of copyrighted material and statistics.
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  • TIPS for EFFECTIVE PUBLIC REPORTING of OFFENSIVE LITTERING/DUMPING:
    a) Use internet Government Website, ’Contact Us’ icon or send to topmost specified individual--NO phone calls! (unless said government has no Internet ’contact us’ icon or posted email address(es).
    b) Describe location clearly, using landmarks, mile markers, etc.
    c) Mention 'state law/county-city ordinance is still in effect, and such
    REQUIRES timely removal of litter/debris from ALL public properties.'
    d) End of email: use this line ’This email (communication) IS public record’
    e) Resend this email after two weeks if reported site not cleaned up.
    Remember: EVERY STATE/locality REQUIRES mandated timely litter/debris pickups on public properties.
    Littering/dumping are crimes against the state. Accept NO excuses. Public servants are being/DO get punished or terminated for not following procedures, statutes or aiding/abetting environmental crimes against the state.
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  • WORST US States, Public Spaces Cleanliness, 2011:
    1 Kentucky; 2 Louisiana; 3 (tie) Mississippi, Nevada; 5 Alabama; 6 Indiana; 7 (triple tie) Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma; 10 (triple tie) Montana, North Dakota, Texas.
    in 2011, COLORADO, MISSISSIPPI, MONTANA, KANSAS, LOUISIANA--MOST DEADLY DANGEROUS STATES FOR VEHICLE COLLISIONS WITH DEBRIS!!!!
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The 2011 American State Litter Scorecard--Cleanest & Dirtiest, w/Data, Scores, Charts

  1. 1. THE 2011 AMERICAN STATE LITTER SCORECARD: USA’s Cleanest and Dirtiest States Includes Data, Scores, Charts by Steve Spacek The 2011 American Society for Public Administration Conference Harborplace Renaissance Hotel Sunday March 13, 2011 Baltimore, Maryland Copyright 2014, 2011 Steve Spacek Public Consulting. NO COMMERCIAL USE. This is Public Record.
  2. 2. Why a State Litter Scorecard? Consequences of Littering/Dumping Amongst States: Significant social costs. --Governmental Neglect: Influences Why Persons Litter/Dump Public Properties --Public Litter Prevention, Abatement: Mandated Function of American State Governance --Good, Bad Economy: States Accomplish Typically “Piecemeal” Approaches to Litter Prevention --Over 800 Americans Die Annually in Debris/Litter-attributed Motor Vehicle Accidents Necessity of Litter Research for States: --Numerous states lack efforts to collect, provide uniform litter abatement --outcome measures --State policymakers, administrators, organizations, citizens interested in effectual outcomes Copyright 2014, 2011, Steve Spacek Public Service Consulting. NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE.
  3. 3. Figure 1: Map of BEST, WORST State Results of The 2011 American State Litter Scorecard
  4. 4. Table 1: State Condition Results for THE 2011 American State Litter Scorecard State Rating 1 Washington BEST 25 Alaska AVERAGE 2 California BEST 25 Kansas AVERAGE 3 Iowa BEST 25 South Dakota AVERAGE 3 Maine BEST 28 South Carolina AVERAGE 5 Connecticut BEST 29 Arizona BELOW AVERAGE 6 Rhode Island BEST 29 Idaho BELOW AVERAGE 7 Vermont BEST 29 Michigan BELOW AVERAGE 8 Oregon BEST 29 West Virginia BELOW AVERAGE 9 New Hampshire BEST 33 Hawaii BELOW AVERAGE 10 North Carolina BEST 33 Tennessee BELOW AVERAGE 10 New York BEST 35 New Mexico BELOW AVERAGE 12 Maryland ABOVE AVERAGE 36 Arkansas BELOW AVERAGE 12 Nebraska ABOVE AVERAGE 36 Delaware BELOW AVERAGE 14 Massachusetts ABOVE AVERAGE 38 Colorado BELOW AVERAGE 14 New Jersey ABOVE AVERAGE 39 Montana WORST 14 Utah ABOVE AVERAGE 39 North Dakota WORST 17 Florida ABOVE AVERAGE 39 Texas WORST 18 Minnesota ABOVE AVERAGE 42 Georgia WORST 19 Missouri ABOVE AVERAGE 42 Illinois WORST 19 Wisconsin ABOVE AVERAGE 42 Oklahoma WORST 19 Wyoming ABOVE AVERAGE 45 Indiana WORST 22 Virginia AVERAGE 46 Alabama WORST 23 Ohio AVERAGE 47 Nevada WORST 23 Pennsylvania AVERAGE 47 Mississippi WORST 49 Louisiana WORST 50 Kentucky WORST Copyright 2014, 2011, S. Spacek Public Service Consulting. NO COMMERCIAL USE. This is Public Record
  5. 5. AL 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +0.5 +1.0 -2.5 +3.5 -4.5 +0.5 +2.0 +5.5 AK 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +4.5 +2.5 -1.0 +1.5 -4.5 0.0 +3.5 +11.5 AZ 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +1.5 +0.5 -3.0 +3.0 -2.0 +3.5 +1.5 +10.0 AR 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +1.0 +1.5 -5.0 +4.0 -3.0 +3.0 +2.0 +8.5 CA 0.0 +5.0 +5.0 +5.0 +4.0 +2.0 -2.0 +0.5 -1.0 +4.5 0.0 +23.0 CO 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +0.5 0.0 -5.5 +2.0 -1.5 +4.5 +3.0 +8.0 CT 0.0 +5.0 +5.0 0.0 +3.0 +4.5 -1.0 +1.5 -3.0 +4.0 +0.5 +19.5 DE 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +5.0 +1.5 0.0 -4.0 +2.0 -4.0 +1.5 +1.5 +8.5 FL 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +5.0 +4.5 +4.0 -3.0 0.0 -4.0 +2.5 +0.5 +14.5 GA 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +0.5 +0.5 -2.5 +4.0 -1.5 +0.5 0.0 +6.5 HI 0.0 +5.0 0.0 0.0 +4.5 +4.0 -3.5 +0.5 -3.5 +2.5 0.0 +9.5 ID 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +3.0 +2.5 -5.0 +2.0 -2.5 +0.5 +4.5 +10.0 IL 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +2.5 +1.0 -3.0 +0.5 -3.5 +2.0 +2.0 +6.5 IA 0.0 +5.0 0.0 +5.0 +2.5 +4.0 -4.5 +2.5 -0.5 +2.5 +3.5 +20.0 IN 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 +3.5 +1.5 -4.0 +4.0 -1.5 0.0 +2.5 +6.0 KS 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +1.5 +2.0 -5.5 +3.0 -1.0 +2.5 +4.0 +11.5 KY 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 +1.5 +1.0 -3.5 +3.5 -4.5 +1.0 +1.0 0.0 LA 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +2.0 +2.0 -5.5 +1.5 -5.0 0.0 +1.0 +1.0 ME 0.0 +5.0 +5.0 0.0 +3.5 +3.0 -1.5 +1.0 -1.5 +4.5 +1.5 +20.5 MD 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +5.0 +1.0 +4.0 -2.0 +0.5 -2.5 +4.0 +0.5 +15.5 MA 0.0 +5.0 0.0 +5.0 +1.0 +4.5 -1.0 0.0 -3.0 +3.0 +0.5 +15.0 MI 0.0 +5.0 0.0 0.0 +3.0 0.0 -3.0 +1.0 -2.0 +3.5 +2.5 +10.0 MN 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +2.0 +4.5 -4.5 +1.0 -0.5 +3.0 +3.5 +14.0 MS 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +2.5 +2.5 -5.5 +4.0 -4.5 0.0 +1.0 +5.0 MO 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +4.0 +3.5 -4.0 +3.5 -2.5 +1.0 +3.0 +13.5 Table 2: Indicators, Scores, Results: 2011 American State Litter Scorecard State OB1 OB2 OB3 OB4 OB5 OB6 OB7 OB8 OB9 SU1 SU2 Final
  6. 6. MT 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +3.0 -5.5 +4.0 -4.5 +1.5 +4.0 +7.5 NE 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +4.0 +2.0 -4.5 +3.5 -0.5 +2.0 +4.0 +15.5 NV 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 +4.0 +2.0 -5.0 +2.5 -1.5 +1.0 +2.0 +5.0 NH 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +5.0 +3.5 -1.5 +0.5 -0.5 +3.5 +1.5 +17.0 NJ +5.0 0.0 +5.0 0.0 +2.5 +4.0 -1.5 0.0 -4.0 +4.0 0.0 +15.0 NM 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 0.0 +0.5 -4.5 +2.5 -1.0 +4.0 +2.5 +9.0 NY 0.0 +5.0 0.0 +5.0 +3.0 +4.5 -1.0 0.0 -3.0 +3.0 0.0 +16.5 NC 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +3.0 +3.5 -3.5 +4.5 -2.0 +3.5 +2.5 +16.5 ND 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +2.0 +2.0 -5.0 +4.5 -5.0 +0.5 +3.5 +7.5 OH +5.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +0.5 +2.5 -2.5 +2.0 -4.0 +2.0 +1.5 +12.0 OK 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +0.5 +1.5 -4.0 +3.0 -3.0 +0.5 +3.0 +6.5 OR 0.0 +5.0 +5.0 0.0 +3.5 +0.5 -5.0 +1.5 -0.5 +4.5 +3.5 +18.0 PA 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +5.0 +3.5 +1.0 -3.5 +1.0 -4.0 +3.0 +1.0 +12.0 RI +5.0 0.0 +5.0 +5.0 +4.5 +1.5 -1.0 0.0 -2.5 +1.0 +0.5 +19.0 SC 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +1.0 +1.0 -2.0 +4.5 -1.5 +2.0 +0.5 +10.5 SD 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +3.5 -2.5 +4.5 -4.0 +1.0 +4.0 +11.5 TN 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +2.0 +3.0 -3.0 +3.0 -3.5 +2.0 +1.0 +9.5 TX 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +1.0 +3.5 -4.5 +3.0 -2.5 0.0 +2.0 +7.5 UT 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +2.5 +2.5 -2.5 +2.0 -1.0 +2.5 +4.0 +15.0 VT 0.0 +5.0 0.0 0.0 +4.0 +4.5 -1.5 +1.5 -2.0 +4.0 +3.0 +18.5 VA +5.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +1.5 0.0 -2.0 +2.5 -3.5 +1.5 +2.5 +12.5 WA +5.0 0.0 +5.0 +5.0 +2.0 +3.0 -1.5 +1.0 -1.0 +4.5 +3.0 +26.0 WV 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 +4.5 +3.0 -2.0 +4.5 -3.5 +1.5 +2.0 +10.0 WI 0.0 0.0 +5.0 0.0 +3.5 +0.5 -3.5 +2.5 -2.0 +3.0 +4.5 +13.5 WY 0.0 0.0 0.0 +5.0 +5.0 +1.5 -4.0 +3.5 -2.5 +1.5 +3.5 +13.5 State OB1 OB2 OB3 OB4 OB5 OB6 OB7 OB8 OB9 SU1 SU2 Final
  7. 7. INDICATORS: OB1: States with Litter Taxation (2011) OB2: States with Container Deposit Rules/Legislation (2011) OB3: States with Comprehensive Recycling Rules/Legislation (2011) OB4: States with Litter Prevention Slogans (2011) OB5: Per Person Overall State Environmental Expenditure (2006) OB6: Per Person Daily Waste Disposal by State (2007) OB7: States with Highest Chance for Debris-related Fatal Vehicle Collision (2008) OB8: Integrity of State Thoroughfare Maintenance Disbursement Costs (2008) OB9: State Public Corruption Convictions per Population Proportion (2008) SU1: Environmental Responsibility Reputation of State Governors (2009) SU2: State Licensed Drivers Knowledge of Littering and other Road Laws (2009) Copyright 2014, 2011, Steve Spacek Public Service Consulting. NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE.
  8. 8. Table 3: BEST States of 2011 American State Litter Scorecard 1 Washington BEST (top) 2 California BEST 3 Iowa BEST 3 Maine BEST 5 Connecticut BEST 6 Rhode Island BEST 7 Vermont BEST 8 Oregon BEST 9 New Hampshire BEST 10 North Carolina BEST 10 New York BEST Copyright 2014, 2011 Steve Spacek Public Service Consulting. NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE. This is Public Record.
  9. 9. Table 4: WORST States of The 2011 American State Litter Scorecard 1 Kentucky WORST 2 Louisiana WORST 3 Mississippi WORST 3 Nevada WORST 5 Alabama WORST 6 Indiana WORST 7 Georgia WORST 7 Illinois WORST 7 Oklahoma WORST 10 Montana WORST 10 North Dakota WORST 10 Texas WORST Copyright 2014, 2011, Steve Spacek Public Service Consulting. NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE. This is Public Record.
  10. 10. Common Characteristics: 2011 WORST States 12 states deemed “WORST” (KY, LA, MS, NV, AL, IN, GA, IL, OK, MT, ND, TX) --NO Litter Taxation, NO Container Deposit Legislation, NO Comprehensive Recycling Legislation. --Majority had Below Average Environmental Responsibility Reputations of Governors --Below Average Knowledge of Littering and other Road Laws by Licensed Drivers-- At or Above U.S. Average Per Person Daily Waste Disposals; --Above Average Thoroughfare Maintenance Disbursement Costs --Above Average Debris-related Fatal Vehicle Collisions per Population Size/Vehicles Registered --Above Average Public Corruption Convictions per Population Proportion. --Seven WORST states in the South; three, the Midwest; two, the West, none in the Northeast. Copyright 2014, 2011, Steve Spacek Public Service Consulting. NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE. This is Public Record.
  11. 11. Figure 2: Changes in National Status Designations between 2008 and 2010 American State Litter Scorecards
  12. 12. Changes in Scorecard National Status Designations: 2008 -2011 --14 states improved their statuses --17 states had status declines --19 states had no status changes. --Biggest three-year improvements: North Carolina, California, Florida. --Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, North Dakota, Virginia had greatest status designation declines. Copyright 2014, 2011, Steve Spacek Public Service Consulting. NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE. This is Public Record.
  13. 13. CONCLUSION --Budget Shortfall Crisis Could Hamper State Short-term Litter Abatements. --Some States Engaged in Historically Poor Removals During Good Economic Times --Observation: Some States Performing Double-Standard Standard Abatement Practices by Location: Appropriate litter removals on less populated, rural roadways but seemingly none upon horrifically littered, urbanized public spaces (NJ, PA, NY, CT, MI) --Littering Remains Danger to Public Health, Safety, Welfare --Scorecard Not Definitive: Contributing Inquiry Into Poorly Probed Matter. Copyright 2014, 2011, S. Spacek Public Service Consulting. NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE
  14. 14. Examples of Indicator Data Sources, 2011 Scorecard (some research data allowed to Author by source, with advance written permission) Container Recycling Institute GMAC Insurance Greenopia Hartgen, Karanam, Fields, Kerscher and Moore National Highway Traffic Safety Administration National Solid Waste Management Association Shireman, McFadden, Newdorf and Noga 50 State Governments USA Today U.S. Census Bureau U.S. Department of Justice Copyright 2014, 2011 S. Spacek Public Service Consulting. NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE
  15. 15. Illegal Littering/Dumping Breeds Diseases; KILLS Humans, Pets, Landscapes!! Copyright 2014, S. Spacek Public Service Consulting. NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE. Check Out!! the Am. State Litter Scorecard MONTHLY WEBSITE: litterscorecard.bellstrike.com

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