Keep America Beautiful Community Appearance Index (Litter Index)

As the local Memphis affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Memphis City Beautiful is required to conduct an annual Community Appearance (Litter) Index. Metrics gathered from the index may be used to establish plans, focus efforts, and quantify impact of MCB programs and projects.

Since 2001, MCB has conducted the Litter Index for the city of Memphis. The index is a windshield survey designed to visually asses litter on the streets, alleys, parking lots, businesses, etc. of Memphis.  For this survey, the city of is broken into five (5) routes with numerous subareas.  Volunteers, led by staff score each route.