DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: PUBLIC/PRIVATE INITIATIVES

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: PUBLIC/PRIVATE INITIATIVES
Problem Identification:
Accumulations of bulk trash in lots, parks, alleys and other public areas’particularly in areas identified as ‘hot spots”continues to be a major problem in the city.

Recommended Action:
Explore expanding successful public/private partnerships aimed at improving Baltimore’s cleanliness.

Classification:
Service Improvement

Functional/Operational Area:
Bureau of Solid Waste

Estimated Annual Impact:
Cannot be Estimated

Estimated Implementation Costs:
Not Determined

Barriers to Implementation:
Identifying financial and operational resources to increase the scope and impact of public/private partnership.

Projected Implementation:
Ongoing

Next Steps:
Identify organizations that could participate in this effort and develop appropriate workplans and fundraising strategies.

Analysis:
Supplementing the City’s existing efforts with targeted public/private initiatives can achieve meaningful results in the fight to improve Baltimore’s cleanliness. A successful public/private initiative known as Project Serve (operated by Living Classrooms Foundation and funded by a contract with the Bureau) is already in place in East Baltimore and should serve as a model for additional activity. Project Serve is a collaborative effort of Historical East Baltimore Community Action Coalition (HEBCAC), Living Classrooms, and the Bureau of Solid Waste and has been highly successful. The project team believes that it demonstrates the potential of creative approaches to persistent problems and offers a model or starting point for a new initiative to address the city’s bulk trash problem.