Capitol Hill Business Improvement District Clean Team Tackles Overflowing Trash During Government Shutdown

Capitol Hill Business Improvement District Clean Team Tackles

Overflowing Trash During Government Shutdown

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Kelly Maslar, Marketing Director

Capitol Hill Business Improvement District


For Immediate Release:

(WASHINGTON, DC.  October 8, 2013) — The Capitol Hill Business Improvement District (CHBID) has stepped up its clean team services in and around federal-owned parks since the government shutdown began on October 1. These areas are typically maintained by the National Parks Service, but since many of their workers have been furloughed, the Capitol Hill BID clean teams have been picking up trash and servicing approximately 40 overflowing trash cans in the following areas within the CHBID’s legislated boundaries: Stanton Park, Seward Square, Eastern Market Metro Plaza, and eight pocket parks scattered throughout the CHBID.

“In order for Capitol Hill to maintain its reputation as a clean and safe place to live, work and visit, we have our clean team members out in full force to deal with the excess trash that has piled up on federal grounds as a result of the government shutdown,” said CHBID President Patty Brosmer. “Because of the unseasonably warm weather, there are lot of people utilizing these parks, and it is important that they stay clean to avoid safety and health concerns.”

While temporarily maintaining the trash cans in federal parks around Capitol Hill, the CHBID also services approximately 145 of DC Government public space trash cans throughout the five linear miles within their service boundaries, seven days a week, 361 days per year.

The Capitol Hill Business Improvement District is a 501 (c)(6) non-profit organization funded through an assessment on commercial property owners who are dedicated to fortifying Capitol Hill as a cleaner and safer place to live, work, and conduct the business of our nation’s capital, while remaining a national and cultural tourist destination. To achieve this mission the CHBID provides enhanced services that augment those already provided by the District of Columbia government. These supplementary services include: security, street cleaning, maintenance and graffiti removal, streetscape improvements, marketing and promotional services and community outreach.

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 Above: Capitol Hill BID Clean Team Member Damon Robinson removes trash from an overflowing can in Seward Square, located at the intersection of 4th Street, SE, and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.