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Green Machines join Raleigh cleanup team

Posted November 18, 2014

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— A crew of workers leaves behind a cleaner downtown Raleigh seven days a week. They are Downtown Raleigh Alliance Ambassadors known as the "Clean Team."

Their job is to keep streets and sidewalks spotless.

“We cover 110 square blocks of the downtown area,” said Downtown Raleigh Alliance manager Kimberly Shae Davis. “You can imagine how much trash we're actually picking up.”

Residential property owners downtown pay about $600 a year for this service. Commercial property owners pay a higher assessment.

The team picks up tons of litter every year, and recently they got some help. Wally and Izzy, two new sidewalk sweepers called Green Machines will assist the Clean Team.

“Ambassadors picked up more than 30,000 pounds of trash from downtown Raleigh last year. These machines will help them pick up more than twice as much and in more areas,” Davis said.

“It allows us to do so much and cover so much area in a short period of time."

David Diaz, president of Downtown Raleigh Alliance says with residential growth booming, keeping the streets clean is a top priority for condominium owners.

“The quickest way for property values to decline downtown is to have a dirty and dangerous one,” he said.

The Downtown Ambassadors say they're glad that Wally and Izzy have joined their team, and they hope downtowners notice the difference.


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