Surveying Litter, Grafitti in the Truckee Meadows

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RENO, NV - "I hate litter," Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful Founder Dave Bianchi said. "So I love to go out and pick it up, get rid of it and hopefully educate people not to do it any longer."

Wednesday afternoon a group of about two dozen volunteers gathered at KTMB's headquarters for a briefing on this year's litter survey. It's been an annual event for more than two decades now.

"Volunteers are going to drive 17 different routes today and survey our community and its cleanliness," KTMB Program Manager Jaime Souza said. "This year we worked really hard to develop rotes that include hotspot areas in our community for things like illegal dumping and graffiti."

This year they added an airport loop and river route. After the survey, the group will compile the data and use plan some of their cleanup efforts.

"We have a lot of dedicated volunteers and many participate in this event year after year," Souza said. "It's a great way to get to know others and participate in a community service project at the same time."