Cleaning up neighborhoods
The “Rover-Bulky Program” is a joint venture between several city services to identify and reduce illegal dumping sites on city rights-of-way. The program is designed to combat the “Broken Windows Theory,” which suggests that run-down properties with trash heaps in front correlate to higher rates of crime. Targeted areas are identified and the city reaches out to residents in the area, including specific properties that are in need of cleanup, to provide education about how to properly dispose of materials and what to do about illegal dumping. City trash crews also provide a one-time courtesy pickup of trash and bulky debris located in the right-of-way.
Last year, city crews picked up more than 179 TONS of illegally dumped debris from public rights-of-way in almost 2,200 stops. These numbers are in spite of an almost two-month program suspension due to Hurricane Florence impacts.
This video explains how the city's rover-bulky program works: