NO RECYCLING pick-up on Friday, MAKE-UP DATE on Saturday

In observance of Good Friday, tomorrow, 04/18, is a City holiday. There will be NO RECYCLING pick-up tomorrow. Make up date is Saturday, 04/19, so please do not put out your recycling out until Fridayevening. All Citizen Convenience Centers WILL BE CLOSED, including Quarantine Road Landfill. Parking meters WILL be in effect. Neighbors may get direct updates from DPW on their Twitter or Facebook pages.

Mechanical Street Sweeping This Wednesday…

On Wednesday, April 16, the city will be doing mechanical street sweeping on the odd side of each street, between 8am – 4pm. Please be sure to move your cars. And on April 23, it will occur on the even side of the street during the same timeframe. The program has started off to be a success, see the press release from DPW below.

DPW Sweeps 190 Tons of Trash from Baltimore StreetsFirst two weeks of Citywide Mechanical Street Sweeping yield record hauls
April 10, 2014 (BALTIMORE, MD) — The first two rounds of Baltimore’s Citywide Mechanical Street Sweeping program resulted in 190 tons of litter, broken glass, yard debris, grit, bacteria and other pollutants being taken off City streets and kept out of urban waterways.“Just two sweeps in two quadrants of this City is making Baltimore cleaner and healthier,” said Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., director of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW).The DPW Bureau of Solid Waste, which is responsible for street sweeping, collected 81.1 tons on April 2, the first day of the program, and 108.9 tons on April 9. Both are unprecedented amounts of trash and pollution collected by our street sweeping program. To put that in perspective, the 190 tons of trash weighs about as much as 25 elephants.

“In addition to keeping streets clean, mechanical street sweeping is an effective way of keeping pollutants out of the storm drain system and ultimately out of our waterways,” said Director Chow.

The DPW expanded the street sweeping program this month in order to make sure all parts of the City receive this important service.

Neighborhoods in Baltimore’s Northwest and Southeast quadrants are swept the first two Wednesdays of each month, odd sides on the first (odd numbered) Wednesday and even sides on the second (even numbered) Wednesday. Mechanical street sweepers will spend the next two Wednesdays in the Northeast and Southwest quadrants; odd sides of the streets on the third (odd numbered) Wednesday and even sides on the fourth (even numbered) Wednesday.

Residents are urged to move their cars from those sides of the street on their sweeping days to allow the machines to do as thorough a job as possible. The sweepers are in operation from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., though residents may return their cars to their spaces as soon as the sweeper has made its pass.

The expectation is that the amount of pollutants swept from the streets will be reduced as citizens and the Bureau of Solid Waste work together to improve attitudes and behaviors regarding trash disposal. The DPW is already taking citizen feedback and assessing ways it can work with communities to strengthen the program.

Can you lend a hand on Wednesday or Thursday this week?

From the Southern District Police Station, if you are available to help out, please email Dena Roney at the information below:

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Parking Updates

Important parking updates and reminders…

  • Digital Harbor High School Parking Lot - There is NO parking on the gravel lot from April 14 – April 18. Plumbers are doing some work for our joint Community Garden, and violators WILL BE TOWED.
  • Mechanical Street Sweeping - OnWednesday, April 16, street sweeping will occur between 8am – 4pm, on the odd side of each street. Be sure to move your car to the other side of the street. On Wednesday, April 23, street sweeping will occur at the same time frame on the even side of the street.
  • Federal Hill Prep Parking Lot - We recently installed new signage. Area 9 decals and visitors permits are welcome to park 7pm – 7am, 7 days per week. Please be sure to move your car, especially on Sundays, when Grace City Church uses the lot from 7am – 2pm. Violators WILL BE TOWED.
  • Covington Street Meters - The angled meters are available for Area 9 decal holders (no visitors permits) to park from 9pm – 8am, 7 days per week, without paying the meters.
  • FHNA Parking Committee – If you are interested in helping the FHNA Parking Committee create more spaces in Area 9, please email us at ehillsider@gmail.com.

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