Posted Aug 27th, 2018 in Feat of the Week
When traffic signs, lamp posts, newspaper boxes and trash cans are covered in stickers, it’s not a pretty sight. Neither is it good to see trash clogging up tree wells, blowing around the alleys or just littering our otherwise beautiful city.
Street-cleaning crews, deployed by the City of Wilmington, provide daily maintenance but with a constant flow of people and traffic, day and night, further upkeep is required to keep our streets clean. Fortunately, the Municipal Service District Downtown Ambassadors are on hand to give additional help. Because they are on patrol seven days a week, they can pick up trash as soon as they see it and act quickly if they come across stickers.
The most common trash items are cigarette butts in the tree wells, take-out containers, and grocery bags. After busy weekends, beverage cans and food can also be found. In the 12 months since the start of the program, the Ambassadors have picked up over 6,000 pounds of trash.
The Ambassadors have also removed close to 400 stickers. If stickers are reported or found, the team takes action to remove them and clean the surface. When stickers appear on privately-owned property, the Ambassadors first seek approval from the owner before using a scraper to remove them; occasionally, an adhesive-remover is necessary.
To report stickers or trash, call or email an Ambassador!
Hours: Mon – Thurs 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Fri/Sat 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sun 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
They can be reached during operating hours by phone or text at 910.524.3600