Posted Nov 5th, 2018 in Feat of the Week
Although it’s been seven weeks since Hurricane Florence devastated our region, the clean-up process is still ongoing. City of Wilmington street-cleaning crews clear debris daily from streets and sidewalks. The storm generated a lot of additional trash and outside contractors were brought in to collect yard debris and other bulky waste. Storm-damaged buildings and homes have resulted in an increase in roadside trash.
In Downtown Wilmington, one of the roles of the Ambassadors is to assist with keeping the streets and sidewalks clear of trash in the Municipal Service District. In the first 12 months of the program, the Ambassadors collected over 6,000 pounds of trash, an average of 500 pounds each month. In September, the month when the hurricane hit, they picked up 1400 pounds of trash and collected another 1200 pounds in October.
On windy days, storm debris often blows trash around and it ends up wedged in doorways or alleys. Because the Ambassadors patrol the streets seven days a week, they can pick up trash as soon as they encounter it.
The result is a cleaner Downtown for everyone. To report trash downtown, call or email an Ambassador!
They can be reached during operating hours by phone or text at 910.524.3600
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.