sf.street.trash.jpgThe Department of Public Works (DPW) announced a new campaign to partner with other city agencies to help spruce up the streets of San Francisco.

The campaign called “Spruce Up by Sun Up” aims to inspect about 300 of San Francisco’s busiest blocks during early morning hours to make sure the streets are clean and green. DPW has partnered with Recology Golden Gate and Recology Sunset Scavenger to focus on cleaning sidewalks (whoops!), improving garbage collection, removing graffiti, repairing potholes, and maintaining planted trees.

“Spruce Up by Sun Up” is part of DPW’s Community Corridors Partnership Program, which reaches out to merchants and property owners to keep them informed of their responsibilities. To start off the campaign, DPW sent storeowners an inspection schedule and a detailed manual about city maintenance standards, such as guidelines for garbage receptacles, tree foliage and basins, storefronts, awnings, and sidewalks. DPW said that the goal of the campaign is to keep streets clean and inviting for residents, customers, and other visitors.

“The cleanliness and maintenance of our city’s streets cannot be maintained by any one entity alone,” said Mohammed Nuru, DPW’s Deputy Director of Operations, “A clean city requires partnerships between city agencies, businesses, and residents and I look forward to our continued work together to keep our city beautiful.”

Photo: “Random garbage on a San Francisco street,” Jennifer Jeffrey

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