The RTA trash average for the week was 2.86–almost a 2 percent decrease from last week’s survey.
At RTA K, last week’s cushion was still laying on the sidewalk amidst the trash.
With it being mid-Spring, the grass is starting to fill in all the RTA zones. While spring brings warm weather (at least theoretically), blooming flowers, and more outdoor activity, it also brings more trash (due to more people being outside) and taller grass, which covers up the trash.
On Rising Sun Avenue below Adams Avenue, the Kardone Factory has done some recent landscaping! Unfortunately, there is some trash scattered on the grass along the facade of the building.
The average temperature this week was 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The weather was dreary and lightly rainy, with the last rain event being the morning before this survey, which accumulated 0.05 inches.
The average inlet clog rate is 1.3, which is only slightly higher than last week. As blooms continue to fall and rains come many of the inlets have accumulated this organic matter, most likely causing this slight increase in clog rate. The total amount of trash is 191 pieces, this is a good deal lower than last week’s count of 256. The weather could have caused fewer people to spend time outside, reducing litter, or the rain could have swept much of the litter away or through the inlets.
Inlet #143111, located towards the bottom of the hill on Rising Sun Avenue, has the plant life that regrows each season starting to grow again. During the Summer the plant life can become unruly and accumulate trash.
Inlet #155321, in Hill Creek Housing Development, is regularly clogged, but was producing an odor during this survey. It’s location next to a dumpster causes the reoccurring clogging, and the odor most likely came form liquids from the dumpster pooling at the inlet.
Inlet #144394, in the development, contained more trash than most of the inlets. Many wrappers were caught along the mouth of the inlet.
Inlet #141698, also in Hill Creek Housing Development, shows the blooms that have accumulated in many of the inlets.