(April 22, 2014) In celebration of Earth Day and as part of its on-going beautification efforts, the City of Hartford has launched “Clean Hartford” its first city-wide coordinated anti-litter campaign. Clean Hartford leverages existing programs to address litter through enforcement, abatement and education. In collaboration with KNOX, the Hartford Police Department, Community Court, and other local community groups, the goal is to empower Hartford residents and businesses to take action in cleaning their communities, and improve the quality of life for everyone in Hartford.
“We want to improve the quality of life for all residents in our City. Hartford is a beautiful place with amazing historic assets. It’s our home and we should be proud of it. We need to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to preserve our home, so that it reflects the pride we have in our communities. We are also sending the message that if you disrespect the community by littering, there will be consequences.”
The City’s Department of Public Works plans to increase trash receptacles, especially around school areas, by 10% to make proper waste disposal easier for residents and visitors. Additional measures will include cameras to spot illegal dumping, additional cleaning in public parks cleaning and new signage added to city parks.
“Public Works collects over 30,000 tons of refuse, but we still find that residents place refuse on the curb in a way that increases litter,” said Marilynn Cruz-Aponte, Assistant Director of Public Works. “To help residents improve their curbside presentation of refuse, Public Works will ramp up our focus on sanitation inspection and ticketing, sweeping streets, and education to change behavior. As Hartford welcomes residents and visitors, we need to set standard of pride and commitment to a litter-free community.”
The Hartford Police Department along with Community Court plans to increase enforcement for individuals and businesses caught throwing trash on their streets or storefronts. Community Service Officers will be meeting with the NRZs as part of their “Safe City Initiative” throughout the summer to discuss quality of life issues such as littering, excessive noise, public drinking and loitering.
“The little things such as littering affect the quality of life for everyone,” commented Deputy Chief Robert E. Ford, Jr. “Criminals do not want to hang out in areas that are clean and well-lit. By keeping your storefronts and streets clean you’re inevitably are helping to reduce the climate for crime.”
“I’m a lifelong Hartford resident and having clean, beautiful, litter-free neighborhoods is something I’ve worked on for 25 years,” said Charmaine Craig, Director of Community Outreach for KNOX. “I’m happy to see the City of Hartford rally around this issue. KNOX has partnered with the City of Hartford for years, and we’re here to support Hartford's communities in whatever way necessary.”
Between now and the beginning of June, there are 16 clean up events scheduled in five different Hartford Parks, and neighborhoods across the City. Neighborhood groups are encouraged to organize volunteer events for the summer and fall.
Upcoming Clean Up Events:
For more information: http://www.hartford.gov/cleanhartford
For Immediate Release: April 22, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485