McAllen shines with minimal litter in community

Keep McAllen Beautiful (KMB) recently conducted its annual Community Appearance Index which is a tool designed by Keep America Beautiful to visually assess the overall appearance of communities. A survey team, comprised of community, business and government representatives, conducted the visual analysis, checking for indications of litter throughout its six districts. Utilizin a scoring system ranging from 1 through 4, with “1” being the best to “4” being the worst littered areas, the Litter Index for McAllen rated a 1, minimal or no litter, based on the 60 sub-areas of the six single member districts that were scored during the ride-along throughout the city.

The Community Appearance Index is designed to gather data annually and the results are used to develop a local plan to change attitudes and behaviors regarding litter and related community improvement issues. The Index helps determine the local education and litter prevention, beautification, and waste reduction and recycling programs.

“We are indeed very pleased with the results as this is reflective of all the dedication our citizens and visitors place in helping keep McAllen clean,” stated Chris Lash, Keep McAllen Beautiful Program Coordinator. Events such as the Great American Clean-Up and Project Clean Neighborhoods are designed to locally help in abating litter and trash accumulations. Lash reported that since the beginning of 2019, KMB, through the help of volunteers, has collected over four tons of trash through litter cleanups around the city. A great deal of effort is placed on picking up litter during the annual Great American Clean-Up and Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off, when hundreds of volunteers collect litter from McAllen streets, hike and bike trails, schools, and parks.

Keep McAllen Beautiful is affiliated with Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful, Inc., which is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. Keep McAllen Beautiful encourages all its residents and visitors to to take greater responsibility for improving our community's environment. To learn more about KMB, visit