Volunteers dedicated to keeping our neighborhoods clean are going all over the county Thursday to survey, score and compare litter levels to last year.
"We need to know just how the area is looking," says Cliff Low with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. "If it’s better or worse, so we know how much more of an effort we need to make."
They've certainly made an effort in Sun Valley, a community which volunteers say has made a tremendous transformation.
"I used to come out here in the fifties and sixties and everyone had a junk yard," says longtime volunteer Neal Cobb. "It would be a pick and pull in the entire community."
Sun Valley gets top marks. On a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being the worst score, Sun Valley earns a 1.6 That's compared to a 3.8 just a few years ago, because the area was covered in litter and plagued by the illegal dumping of cars, tires and old appliances.
"There's a huge amount of pride in Sun Valley," says Cobb. "They got out and worked really hard."
The non-profit organization says the Sun Valley example proves that each of us can make an impact if we simply take responsibility for our trash.
"Clean up after yourself," Cobb says. "Don't throw it out the window. If it’s garbage in the car, it’s garbage on the side of the road."