How to clean up Baltimore [Letter]

While I agree with Michael Hankin's sentiments about the many potential benefits of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's new street sweeping initiative ("A clean sweep in Baltimore," April 8) and applaud her efforts, there are more pieces to this puzzle.

Having spent my days in a city neighborhood with my grandson for more than two years and attempting when I can to keep his block picked up, I have made several observations.

First, the streets will never be free of litter until people who live or work in the city learn not to drop their trash — cigarette butts, fare cards, bottles, chip bags, candy wrappers, bakery hair nets, etc. — wherever it suits them.

Second, the city's own sanitation workers can't leave a mess of broken glass, spilled trash and reeking truck drippings behind them after they pass down the street collecting the refuse residents put out for them. (This happens in the county, too, I'm sorry to say.) And third, city workers can no longer be allowed to tell callers who phone to report nasty spills, as one 311 operator told me, to just let the trash wash down the street into the storm sewers.

I wish the mayor the best with this. I'm looking forward to seeing the street sweepers.

Frank Roylance, Cockeysville

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