Survey reveals decrease in littering

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- If you’ve noticed that there’s less litter around the Valley lately you’re not alone.

The Maricopa Association of Governments recently commissioned a survey which revealed that the number of Maricopa County residents who admit to littering soda cans, bottles, and cigarette butts has decreased by half from 2011.

The number of admitted litterers who littered while driving decreased by 16 percent as well.

The telephone survey, which was conducted by WestGroup Research in August, indicated that the number of residents who littered cans and bottles went from 13 percent in 2011 to six percent in 2012.

The number of people who left cigarette butts on the ground was found to have gone from 12 percent to five percent during that same time period.

“The MAG Don’t Trash Arizona program and its new campaign ‘No Cups, Cans or Butts!’ have influenced positive changes in awareness and behavior when it comes to reducing the most commonly littered items on our Valley freeways,” said Marie Lopez Rogers, MAG Chair and Mayor of Avondale.

Lopez Rogers said that while the results of the survey are positive, improvements can always be made.

“It’s encouraging to see that highway littering of cups, cans and butts is down, but we recognize there is still more work to be done,” said Lopez Rogers.

For more details about the new littering survey, visit