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ECONOMIC VALUE IN KEEPING STREETS CLEAN

Aruba, August 28, 2018 - In the first half of this year, the city’s Keep Worcester Clean program cleared 236 tons of miscellaneous trash from 1,136 city sites.

The city has installed cameras around illegal dumping sites, issued citations against violators, and changed its recycling program twice since 1993: first offering curbside collection and then moving to zero-sort in 2007.
 
While those initiatives have made Worcester a recycling friendly city, trash still clutters up curbs, storm drains and accumulates in grassy areas.
 
Concerned that trash on sidewalks, streets and areas near their places of business could dissuade customers, merchants in some city neighborhood business groups have tried to prevent littering and clean up debris. City officials, meanwhile, have made a concerted effort to keep the downtown area bright.
 
Economic Impact 
 
In downtown Worcester, where more than half a billion dollars of investment has poured in over the past decade, trash and recycling containers are emptied daily. A city worker regularly makes the rounds picking up litter and taking care of flower planters and, as part of the broader Central Business District, its streets are swept nightly, as opposed to the weekly rounds afforded the city’s other main roads.
 
“Downtown definitely gets more attention than other areas,” said Department of Public Works and Parks Commissioner Paul J. Moosey. “It’s an important piece to the whole city.”
 
Paul Collyer of the Chandler Street Business Association has talked trash to city administrators for years, both literally and figuratively.
 
“The emphasis they’re putting [on cleaning up] downtown they’re not putting everywhere else,” he said, arguing that in a city whose economic redevelopment has hinged on a bustling restaurant scene, “If you don’t have a clean street, then who’s going to stop in and get a bite to eat?”
 
 
 

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