The volunteers said they were impressed with the area's low level of litter.
"It's a big improvement" from two years ago, said David Ludwig, president for Keep Southeast Missouri Beautiful and a scorer for the survey.
The volunteers used a four-point scoring system. A score of one meant "no litter;" two, "slightly littered;" three, "littered;" and four "extremely littered." The overall average score for the county was 1.32. In 2006, the overall average score was 1.88.
The volunteers said they believed the roads in the worst condition were Route K between Wal-Mart and Highway 25 and Highway 177 between Fruitland and Procter & Gamble.
The volunteers said they believed a heightened awareness in the community about how to avoid littering was probably why the litter situation had improved. Tim Arbeiter, staff liaison for the group, said the organization has tried to educate the community in the last few years about litter flying out of the back of open pickup trucks.
The group has litter surveys to complete in three other areas — Scott City, Cape Girardeau and Jackson — before the full survey is complete. Arbeiter, who organized Friday's survey, said he hoped to complete another survey with some of the same volunteers Aug. 1. He said anyone can volunteer to help with the survey.
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