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Mayor Bowser Kicks Off District-Wide Spring Cleaning Campaign

Monday, April 25, 2016

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked-off a District-wide spring cleaning campaign at the Fort Totten Transfer Station. Continuing tomorrow until the end of the week, the campaign will highlight District resources available to help DC residents remove waste; keeping homes and the city clean and healthy to live in.

“In a city as prosperous as ours, beautifying our neighborhoods and keeping our city clean and healthy is essential,” said Mayor Bowser. “Our DPW team works year-round clearing residential streets, removing graffiti, collecting leaves and holiday trees, clearing snow and ice from our roadways, and removing trash and recycling among many other things. To keep our city in tip-top shape, it also takes community involvement. My District-wide spring cleaning campaign highlights the services offered by DPW to help residents keep the District clean, so that they can continue to live, work, and play in our great city.”

At today’s kick-off event, Mayor Bowser and District Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Christopher Shorter explained the vast number of services offered by DPW at the Fort Totten Transfer Station; including the disposal of solid waste, household hazardous waste, unwanted electronic equipment, and personal document shredding.

The Fort Totten Transfer Station operates as a one-stop location for waste removal. The Station’s hours of operation for resident use are Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Hazardous waste/E-cycling services are only offered on Saturdays and the first Thursday preceding the first Saturday of the month, and personal document shredding is only offered on the first Saturday of each month.

DPW staff at the Fort Totten Transfer Station will remove all waste items from personal resident vehicles. Businesses must use a commercial hauler. In addition to waste removal, DPW provides District residents with up to five 32-gallon bags of free compost. DPW will also deliver 12 cubic feet of compost to neighborhoods.

Residents can learn more about DPW’s waste removal services at The full schedule of events for the District-wide cleaning campaign is included below.

Tuesday, April 26 at 11:30 a.m. – Adopt-A-Block

Mayor Bowser will join Annie Stom of Annie’s ACE Hardware store to relaunch the Mayor’s Office of the Clean City’s Adopt-A-Block program. Through this new program, organizations will “adopt” a neighborhood block to ensure that it is always well-maintained. More information about this program is available at

Location: Annie’s Ace Hardware
1240 Upshur Street, NW
*Closest Metro: Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro Station*
*Bus Lines: 60, 62, 63, 70*

Wednesday, April 27 at 11:00 a.m. – AlleyPalooza

Mayor Bowser and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Leif Dormsjo will kick-off this year’s AlleyPalooza, the District’s city-wide campaign to repair or renovate 64 alleys throughout the District – eight in each of the District’s eight wards. More information about AlleyPalooza is available at

Location: 303 54th Street, NE
*Bus Lines: 96, 97, W4*

Thursday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. – Launch DOH Public Health Pilot Program

Mayor Bowser, DPW Director Christopher Shorter, and Department of Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt will meet with business owners to launch a pilot rodent abatement program.

Starting Location: Spring Mill Bread Co.

701 8th Street, SE
*Closest Metro: Eastern Market Metro Station*

Friday, April 29 at 11:30 a.m. – Tree Planting

Mayor Bowser and DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo will participate in Ketcham Elementary School’s Arbor Day Celebration. The celebration includes tree planting education and placement in honor of Arbor Day.

Location: Ketcham Elementary School
1919 15th Street, SE
*Bus Lines: 92, V5*

The District-wide spring cleaning campaign comes ahead of Arbor Day and on the heels of Earth Day, which encourages residents to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Press interested in attending any of the events are asked to RSVP to [email protected].