Clean & Safe celebrates 30 years of providing essential services for downtown

Clean & Safe celebrates 30 years of providing essential services for downtown

On the 30th Anniversary of Downtown Portland’s Clean & Safe District, Mayor Ted Wheeler announced his next step in committing to keep our streets free of litter. Beginning this week, the city will provide six days a week trash service, with daily service offered in early 2019 in downtown. In addition, Clean & Safe, an affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance, will purchase 200 additional garbage bins for Downtown Portland. 

“It is critical that we put our money and efforts where our mouth is, and this additional pick up schedule is just one of the ways we are doing that,” shared Mayor Ted Wheeler at today’s event. “This is just the first announcements of several to come for how, as your Mayor, I will address the dirty work of getting trash cleaned up in the city—in order to make Portland more livable for everyone.” 

The announcement, made at the ninth annual Clean & Safe appreciation day, recognizing the people who work downtown to keep Portland’s streets clean and safe. The recipients of the 2018 Cleaner of the Year recognition was awarded to Kris Jeffries and Donnie Martin. Portland Patrol Incorporated officers Jaymes Descoteaux and Sergeant Adrian Perez were honored for their commitment to providing security in the downtown enhanced service district with the 2018 Officer of the Year award. 

“We are proud to recognize the extraordinary cleaners and security officers who make downtown Portland a safer place, every day,” said Eric Murfitt, chair of the Clean & Safe board of directors. 

Downtown Portland’s Clean and Safe District is one of the oldest, largest and most successful enhanced service districts in the nation, celebrating a special partnership that is 30 years strong, investing $5 million annually, $1 million in just cleaning alone to make our downtown more livable. 

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