Thursday, April 25, 2013

Clean Up Weekend - follow up

You may have seen a comment in my original post about the Baltimore's Mayor's Spring Cleanup from someone in Baltimore who was involved with the dumpster distribution. Yummy has been in touch with him. It turns out that despite the e-mails and phone calls saying we were supposed to be getting a dumpster and even changing the intersection that it was to be delivered to, that we were never on the list. Our contact was lying to us. In fact, despite claims that dumpsters would be made available for the Mayor's Spring Cleanup they only had enough dumpsters for 10% of the neighborhoods. Twenty dumpsters for two hundred neighborhoods.

I understand these things are expensive. Baltimore is a poor city and they don't want to spend money on dumpsters that will sit around 364 days of the year. But if they're going to be having a single clean up day then they need to rent more for that day. If they don't want to do that then they need to have ten smaller clean up days.

Each neighborhood is supposed to have four free dumpsters over the course of the year. I think they're intended for neighborhood festivals. But since Westport hasn't learned the lessons of Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout I think we'll be making use of all of them.

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