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Clean Teams

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DSLBD's commercial Clean Team Program services include:

  • Removal of litter, graffiti, illegal posters and stickers, snow and ice
  • Recycling glass, aluminum and plastic items collected from sidewalks and gutters
  • Maintenance of street trees through mulching, aeration, weeding and watering.
  • Landscaping of planters, hanging baskets and tree boxes located in service areas
  • Tracking and reporting public space defects via 311

Service areas

In 2012, DSLBD funded clean team services in 19 of the 28 DC commercial districts that have active clean teams. The business improvement districts fund services in the other areas.

In FY 2014 The DSLBD DC commercial clean teams service areas are the following:

  • 12th Street NE
  • Adams Morgan – managed by the Adams Morgan Partnership BID
  • Anacostia
  • Barracks Row (8 Street, SE) – managed by Barracks Row Main Street
  • Bladensburg Road
  • Congress Heights – managed by Congress Heights Main Street
  • Connecticut Avenue
  • Deanwood Heights – managed by Deanwood Heights Main Street
  • Dupont Circle – managed by Historic Dupont Circle Main Street
  • Georgia Avenue in  Ward 4 (Petworth, Brightwood, Upper Georgia Avenue) – provided by the Career Path DC
  • H Street, NE – managed by H Street Main Street
  • Kennedy Street, NW in Ward 4 – provided by the Columbia Heights Shaw Family Support Collaborative
  • Minnesota Avenue
  • Mt. Vernon Triangle – managed by the Mount Vernon Triangle CID
  • North Capitol – managed by North Capitol Main Street
  • Rhode Island Ave. NE in Ward 5 – provided by the Columbia Heights Shaw Family Support Collaborative
  • Shaw—managed by Shaw Main Street
  • Ward 1 (14th and U Streets, Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Petworth-Parkview) – provided by Clean City, LLC, a Certified Business Entity for the District of Columbia

By the numbers in 2012

  • $1,475,000 of grant funding were awarded by DSLBD for 13 clean teams
  • 25 miles of commercial corridors cleaned
  • 157,011 bags of trash removed from commercial districts
  • 3,651 graffiti tags removed
  • 15,150 illegal posters and sticker removed
  • 3,510 street trees maintained (Source: DDOT: UFA/OCTO:GIS)

Support of Sustainable DC (SDC) goals

  • Recycling service required (2013) to support SDC Waste Goal of achieving zero waste by capturing value through recycling
  • Street tree mulching increased to support SDC Nature Goal of covering 40 percent of the District with a healthy tree canopy
  • Removal of 157,011 bags of trash that may have entered stormwater system (2012) and switch to eco-friendly herbicides and ice melt that reduce toxic runoff (2013) to support SDC Water Goal to make all District waterways fishable and swimmable

To learn more about Sustainable DC, visit the following link: http://sustainable.dc.gov.

Service Contact: 
Lincoln Lashley
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 727-3900
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
850 North
Service Location: 

441 4th Street, NW

GIS Address: 
441 4th Street, NW