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Snohomish County’s Litter Wranglers clean more than 800 road miles during 2021

The Litter Wranglers collect and bag roadside litter for the road maintenance crews to pick up allowing the county to focus on maintaining vital infrastructure, saving both time and money. Litter Wranglers cleaned more than 800 road miles and collected nearly 6,000 bags of trash in 2021.
A sample of the trash collected by the Litter Wranglers. Photo courtesy of Snohomish County.

From a November 2, 2021, Snohomish County press release.

Smoke bombs, pianos, entertainment centers, wallets, and mannequins – these are just some of the items that the Snohomish County Litter Wranglers found during their return season to county streets in 2021.

In total, the crew cleaned more than 800 road miles and collected nearly 6,000 bags of trash from April to October.

“The Litter Wranglers returned this year after missing 2020 and did an excellent job of maintaining our county’s natural beauty and ensuring we are doing all we can to protect our environment,” Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said.

He went on to say, “The Litter Wrangler program is an example of how we innovate, solve problems, and continuously improve our service to the public.”

Snohomish County Public Works maintains more than 1,600 road miles throughout the unincorporated areas of the County.

The Litter Wranglers collect and bag roadside litter for the road maintenance crews to pick up. This enables road maintenance to stay focused on maintaining and repairing vital infrastructure, saving both time and money.

“We are very proud of this program and the work of these staff members. That 800 road miles cleaned is equal to about half the total road miles we maintain, which is really impressive,” Snohomish County Public Works Director Kelly Snyder said.

“They have found ways to be more efficient and have a greater impact each year,” she added.

The Litter Wranglers came close to equaling 2019’s record year for bags collected despite having one less team member for the season.

Overall, the program has collected more than 23,000 bags of litter from county roadways during four seasons.

The five-person crew of seasonal Solid Waste Division 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.

The program is scheduled to return in Spring 2022.

For more information about the Litter Wranglers, visit www.snohomishcountywa.gov/litter.

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