‘CLEAN SD’ INITIATIVE GROWS WITH MORE CLEANUP CREWS AND INCREASED ENFORCEMENT OF ILLEGAL DUMPING, OVER 1,000 TONS OF TRASH REMOVED FROM NEIGHBORHOODS SINCE MAY
San Diego – As part of his commitment to keep San Diego neighborhoods clean, safe and beautiful, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today announced an expansion of “Clean SD” – a citywide cleanup effort that has focused on downtown, the San Diego River and other hotspots for illegal dumping – with more crews responding to requests to remove trash and debris through the City’s “Get It Done” application.
In addition, the San Diego Police Department will increase surveillance and enforcement in areas known for illegal dumping.
“Every neighborhood deserves clean street corners and sidewalks and that’s what this citywide cleanup effort is all about,” Mayor Faulconer said. “We’re improving the quality of life for our residents with every tire, shopping cart and mattress that is picked up and hauled away. We will clean up our neighborhoods and we will hold those who illegally dump their trash in our communities accountable.”
Standing in front of a mound of debris at an intersection plagued by illegal dumping, Mayor Faulconer was joined today by Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and Assistant Chief David Nisleit as City crews removed couches, tires, shopping carts and more. The location, at the corner of Quince Street and Menlo Avenue in the Swan Canyon neighborhood, has been cleared of trash numerous times over the past year.
The expansion of the “Clean SD” initiative includes three new two-person crews from the Urban Corps to respond to reports of trash and other debris in the public areas. The City often receives reports of abandoned shopping carts, furniture left in an alley and tires along roadways.
Highest priority for cleanup is given to trash and debris that is hazardous, such as chemicals or paint, or blocks the public right-of-way. Depending on the size and scope of each assignment, each crew responds to roughly 15 to 20 requests per day. The Environmental Services Department is currently in the hiring process to add two more City crews to bolster “Clean SD” further by this spring.
There are several neighborhood hotspots throughout the city that are targets for frequent illegal dumping and the Police Department will regularly monitor those locations and issue citations for violators.
“Keeping San Diego clean is a shared responsibility,” Chief Zimmerman said. “If you choose to dump your trash illegally, expect to be cited and or arrested.”
Launched in May 2017, the “Clean SD” initiative include city and Urban Corps crews that remove litter in nine “hotspots” in Ocean Beach, City Heights, San Ysidro, Logan Heights, Paradise Hills, Webster & Mount Hope, Mission Beach, Point Loma and Pacific Beach — neighborhoods with a historically high level of illegal dumping activity. Crews have already removed more than 830 tons of debris, including:
· 430 tires
· 1,900 mattresses and box springs
· 750 shopping carts
· 67 appliances
Since September, City, Urban Corps and Alpha Project crews have also removed more than 190 tons while performing waste abatements in the riverbeds and downtown areas.
Other “Clean SD” efforts include:
· Increased street sweeping in the East Village neighborhood
· Sanitizing sidewalks in in downtown and other neighborhoods
· Prioritizing graffiti removal requests
· Organizing community cleanups that collected more than 100 tons of waste and debris from San Diego neighborhoods in 2017
· Holding the City’s annual cleanup event at SDCCU Stadium – with more than 100 tons of waste and recyclables collected in single day