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Report: Georgia Among the 'Dirtiest' States in Country

The 2014 American State Litter Scorecard shows the Peach State is ranked as the fourth dirtiest state in the county, just ahead of South Carolina, Nevada and Indiana.

Washington, California and Connecticut are the cleanest states according to the scorecard. Credit: Patch file
Washington, California and Connecticut are the cleanest states according to the scorecard. Credit: Patch file

We need to clean it up, Georgia.

That what the 2014 American State Litter Scorecard shows as the Peach State is ranked as the fourth dirtiest state in the county, just ahead of South Carolina, Nevada and Indiana.

Washington, California and Connecticut are the cleanest states according to the Scorecard.

The Scorecard was presented at the American Society for Public Administration Conference in March. According to the Scorecard, states receive their ratings if they follow certain indicators including litter taxation, per person daily waste disposal by state, percentage of "profiled litterers" per state, among other criteria.

Since 2008, the American State Litter Scorecard approximates a state’s overall public spaces and environmental quality condition "through tried-and-true, hard-to-obtain measures, resulting in a Score total for each and every state."

In 2011, Georgia finished ahead of eight states, but was still considered amongst the worst in the county.

See the attached slideshow for more on the 2014 scorecard.

American State Litter Scorecard cleanest states

1. Washington
2. California
2. Connecticut
4. Florida
4. Maine
4. Oregon
7. Vermont
8. Iowa
9. Maryland
10. Missouri


American State Litter Scorecard dirtiest states

1. South Carolina
2. Nevada
3. Indiana
4. Georgia
5. Kentucky
5. Wyoming
7. South Dakota
8. Louisiana
9. Michigan
9. New Mexico
10. Oklahoma
janh999 April 29, 2014 at 08:42 AM
After seeing all the trash in the parks, ponds & creeks while walking on family adventures for the past 3yrs I can understand why GA takes a good seat on the dirtiest side. Pretty sad that New York & California are cleaner considering the scenery that GA has to offer.
Marie N. April 29, 2014 at 09:38 AM
whoever wrote this "report" did not walk the beaches in Miami after a full day of "visitors"...true...people can be pigs everywhere. I have often wondered what these people's houses looked like...is that how they live that they leave their junk behind when there is a good garbage can not ten feet from them?
/Brook April 29, 2014 at 10:05 AM
It's not hard to understand why the blue states come up cleaner in this survey. They article states they follow certain indicators including litter taxation, per person daily waste disposal by state, percentage of "profiled litterers" per state. I don't think it's worth another tax or being subject to being profiled. I have a place in NY and GA and I can say since Mayor Guliani left office the city has become full of trash. Just come to Brooklyn and walk the Avenues. Go to China Town in New York City and then tell me Georgia is dirtier. The reason they make the list as cleaner is they profile and tax their people.
John Kleja April 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM
As a Barrow County taxpayer I watched our Commissioners on tv at the meeting they had and I hate to say it but for the 1st time I agree with Steve Worley. IF we are going to see if privatization is for Barrow County then we as tax payers demand that our elected Commission Members and County Manager INCLUDE ALL DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING THE DETENTION CENTER. Don't let this cowboy Dowling ride in after a few months and who wants to make a name for him self ride heard over a few selected departments and want to get ride of the managers. Maybe Dowling should look at him self and so should the commissioners, WHY was he fired from his last job, Why let this man along with a few other Elected officials who fail and refuse to reply to e-mails make decisions that benefit themselves. Wow HOW is the county going to save money if they state that no one will lose their jobs and will remain with the county? Don"t they realize that they will have extra charges on top of the present salary caps? We do NOT need more Directors at high salaries. Give them a title of manager and with the high cost of Dowling salary, we have Pat Graham and all of the others should fall in under these two as managers, NOT Directors. Barrow County is not ready for the big time status, we have to much Good Old Boy Government, we have some people that are directors that have their head stuck in the sand and ignore what is best for our county. Some come up with stupid answers trying to convince the tax payer that since they work for the county they know it all. If Barrow County can not correct some problems that our commisioners and County Manager evades, let the State be advised of the issues and let the investigations begin. The case of the Tax Commissioner is a prime example of good old boy politics. Folk's , it is a Ethics issue. How many politicians have resigned or been thrown out of office for Ethics violations. HOW MUCH MORE POSSIBLE COURUPTION IS TAKING PLACE IN BARROW COUNTY. This not a laughing matter and the current commisioners need to made the decision along with the County Manager to have the guts to do the right thing and Fire the Tax Commissioner. TAXPAYERS/VOTERS, if you are unhappy with the way our county Commissioners are handling the problems and guiding our County in the right direction, VOTE THEM OUT WHEN THEY RUN FOR RE ELECTION, AND THAT INCLUDES THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT. Taxpayer watch for better County Government.
Michael Keitzman April 29, 2014 at 02:40 PM
First I'd like to say I'm commenting under my husbands account, who happens to be a native of Washington. However, I was shocked to see Wa as the "cleanest" state although undoubtedly the most beautiful in my opinion. We lived an hr out of Seattle and every where was filthy!! Trash (and liter mostly) in neighborhoods and along the roadsides. Perhaps it was due to living in a "Navy" town?? Although surrounding areas weren't much different w/ the odd exception of Seattle which was pretty clean n well kept for the most part.... Seriously though, it's a really STUPID thing for the Gov to spend $ on... Cleanest & dirtiest states!! We should try that on some of our Gov. Officials...

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