Citywide cleanup nets 631 tons of trash, sets record

April 08, 1997|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

A citywide community cleanup Saturday netted 631 tons of trash and debris in what public works officials are calling Baltimore's largest single-day haul for such an event.

The cleanup effort was the kick-off for the Community Pitch-In Program, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's initiative to help neighborhoods clean up with the help of Department of Public Works crews.

"We had 42 communities throughout the city participate, which resulted in this phenomenal 631 tons of trash and debris that the community cleaned out of yards, houses and alleys," said Kurt L. Kocher, a public works spokesman.

Also Saturday, a separate cleanup effort was held in the city's parks, where about 60 volunteer groups collected about 75 tons of trash, said Alma Bell, a Recreation and Parks spokeswoman. Communities that held cleanup events Saturday included Highlandtown, Pigtown, Coldstream/Homestead/Montebello and Midtown-Edmondson.

About 2,000 city residents participated, assisted by about 200 public works personnel, Kocher said.

At last year's kick-off event, residents collected about 156 tons of rubbish. During one cleanup event later in the year, about 400 tons of trash were hauled away. The cleanup events are organized by community associations.

The Community Pitch-in Program is part of "A Cleaner Baltimore Campaign." Another event is the Mayor's Monthly Cleanup, in which public works crews go to neighborhoods and pick up bulk items.

Pub Date: 4/08/97

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