Litter Wranglers clean over 800 miles of road in Snohomish County
Last updated 11/20/2019 at 1:23pm
Snohomish County’s Litter Wranglers cleaned about 800 road miles in just one year, collecting nearly 6,000 bags of litter during the 2019 season.
In 2017, the County’s public works department created the Litter Wranglers program with the goal to clean about 300 miles of road throughout the year. Two years later, the group far surpassed expectations.
“The Litter Wranglers program is an example of how we innovate, solve problems, and continuously improve our service to the public,” Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said. “We are proud of the crew and the extraordinary work they do on behalf of our residents. Thank you to all that have helped us maintain the county’s natural beauty.”
The County maintains approximately 1,650 road miles throughout the unincorporated area. Litter Wranglers have been picking up roadside litter, which enables road maintenance crews to stay focused on repairing infrastructure by arriving at clean work sites. This saves time and money, a new release from Snohomish County reports.
“The fact that 800 road miles were cleaned, equal to about half the total road miles we maintain, is astounding,” Snohomish County Public Works Director Steve Thomsen said. “This is the same number of crew members and time out in the field as the previous two years. They have just found ways to be more efficient and have a greater impact.”
The Litter Wranglers broke last year’s bags collected record with a month left in the season and will finish, for the first time, with more than 6,000 bags of litter collected. Overall, the program has collected more than 17,000 bags of litter from county roadways over three years.
The six-person crew of seasonal county employees have been aided by Snohomish County residents calling and emailing about locations with excessive litter. The Litter Wranglers have been able to respond within less than a week to reported locations.
Litter Wranglers will return in March for the 2020 season. For more information about the Litter Wranglers, visit http://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/litter.