On Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, the City of San Antonio, in partnership with Waste Management, Inc., will launch a new program to help residents abate graffiti in their neighborhoods. The Adopt-A-Dumpster Program will provide free paint and supplies, donated by Waste Management, Inc., to residents and community organizations interested in abating graffiti on Waste Management, Inc. dumpsters throughout the city.
To officially launch the program, an event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Sunrise Food Mart, 1539 Palo Alto Rd., beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event will also be part of the City's 9th Annual Graffiti Wipeout, a community-wide initiative by the City that encourages residents to actively participate in programs that help abate graffiti and maintain neighborhoods.
District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña, who will take part in the kick-off event, is especially excited about the City's partnership with private company Waste Management, Inc.
"Our community is littered with tagged dumpsters and this program has the potential to eliminate a magnet for vandalism along our major commercial corridors," Councilman Saldaña said. "The Adopt-A-Dumpster program empowers community volunteers to quickly address graffiti before it becomes a major eyesore."
Nationally, each year, graffiti costs Americans more than $8 billion, according to graffitihurts.org, while also hurting property values and driving away businesses. Locally, the City of San Antonio abates an estimated 3.5 million square feet of graffiti each year - and it done largely in part with the help of hundreds of local volunteers participating in programs such as Adopt-A-Dumpster to keep their neighborhoods clean and safe.
"The City commends Waste Management for its commitment and willingness to explore innovative strategies to address a major community concern," said Michael Shannon, Assistant Director of the City's Development Services Department. "We invite other area waste disposal companies to also partner with the City to ensure the long-term sustainability of the program."
Community volunteers interested in participating in this free program are encouraged to contact Lisa McKenzie at 207-2833 (BUFF) for additional information and to complete the required application.