Mobile community collects 257,000 pounds of litter in 2022

Throughout 2022, the City of Mobile, partnering agencies, community groups and individual Mobilians helped collect over 257,000 pounds of litter from our roadsides and waterways.

When the City of Mobile launched the Litter-Free Mobile initiative in late 2021, one of its goals was to collect better data about the work already going on in the community to address litter. That led to the creation of a Litter Dashboard that keeps up with the amount of litter being collected by the City of Mobile, our contractors, local partners and members of the community themselves.

“Working together, Mobilians removed more than a quarter of a million pounds of litter from our streets and waterways last year, and that’s truly amazing,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “I’d like to thank the entire City of Mobile Litter Crew as well as fantastic partners like the Alabama Department of Transportation, Ransom Ministries and the Osprey Initiative. Finally, if you picked up trash on your daily run or participated in a community clean-up in 2022, we thank you for your contribution too!”

While 257,000 pounds is a very impressive number, we know there were many cleanups and litter collection efforts in 2022 that weren’t reported to the City. Any collection efforts, large or small, move us toward making Litter-Free Mobile a reality. The ultimate goal is for there to be no litter in Mobile to pick up, and good data collection is an important part of how we can get there.

Reliable data helps us identify how the City can better support community-driven efforts. That’s why our team created a Litter Toolkit in 2021 to help organize community cleanups and report data from them. If you’re planning to host a clean-up event in 2023, you can find our Litter Toolkit by clicking here. If you want to learn more about how you can get involved with Litter-Free Mobile, visit

This story originally appeared on NBC15 News by Keith Lane. You can view the original story online here.


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