Litter Wranglers surpass 2017 total for bags of collected

Program’s continued success means crew will return in 2019
Nov 14, 2018

The milestones and mile markers keep on piling up like bags of trash for the Snohomish County Litter Wranglers. The litter gathering crew collected over 5,000 bags this season, exceeding last years’ total by more than 500 bags.

The Litter Wranglers recently wrapped up their second season knowing that they will ride back onto Snohomish County roads in 2019.

“Prior to 2017, residents were expressing concerns about litter marring our beautiful landscape and we responded with this program,” Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said. “Since that time it has become yet another excellent example of how Snohomish County can be innovative and solve problems.”

This year Litter Wranglers’ performance improved by more than 100 road-miles cleaned from the pilot year of 2017.

“To have more than 550 road miles cleaned in six months is astonishing,” Snohomish County Public Works Director Steve Thomsen said. “That is more than one third of our 1,600 road miles that we maintain.”

The expectation for the crew during the first year was only 200 to 300 road-miles cleaned.

Snohomish County residents calling and emailing about locations with excessive litter have aided the six-person crew of seasonal county employees. The Litter Wranglers respond within less than a week to reported locations, grouping sites to be more efficient and effective.

“We are simply responding to residents’ concerns,” Snohomish County Solid Waste Director Matt Zybas said. “The public participation has been a great benefit to the program and the response we have seen on social media and in the field is tremendous.”

For more information about the Litter Wranglers, visit www.snohomishcountywa.gov/litter.

 

 

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