Salisbury Hopes Trash Campaign Will Help Clean Up City - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Salisbury Hopes Trash Campaign Will Help Clean Up City

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SALISBURY, Md. - Take a walk around Salisbury and it's pretty easy to find trash in the street, trash in the park, and even trash in the grass...a few steps way from a trash can.

Doing an interview with City Council President Jake Day, he says "looking over your shoulder and seeing trash blowing around right now that we need to go pick up."

It's sparked interest in the Stash Your Trash campaign, which is set to be picked up by the Salisbury City Council on Monday.  The campaign is the brainchild of Salisbury tour guide Pricilla Timken.

Timken says, "I think we've just become lazy.'

Part of her motivation actually came from a comment made during one of her tours, "this one gentleman said 'what is it with litter in your county? It is really awful'."

Over the next few months, signs, slogans, and even a rap song should be popping up...telling people to "stash their trash."

It's not about making things look pretty, well, it kind of is.  Supporters of the campaign hope that by getting people to toss their garbage instead of dropping it on the streets and in parks, they can help to instill a new sense of pride in the community.

But are there bigger issues to tackle? Many would say, of course!

According to Salisbury Police data, reports of theft, burglary, and rape are up so far this year compared to this time last year, but Day hopes that literally cleaning up the streets will do the same figuratively as well.
     
"In New York City, the broken windows campaign that mayor Giuliani started addressed crime.  It significantly reduced crime.  Just the small things in the neighborhood...addressing the little things...the tiny infractions," says Day.

City officials say they realize that the clean-up campaign isn't the solution to improving crime in Salisbury, but they hope it's a step in the right direction.

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