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Operation Green Wave Hits Record 10,000 Lots Cut and Cleared


April Odom
Mayor’s Office of Public Information

Operation Green Wave Hits Record 10,000 Lots Cut and Cleared

On Monday, September 12, 2016, the City of Birmingham launched Operation Green Wave, a massive city wide cleanup that started in the western quadrant of the city and working throughout each community and neighborhood. In just six months, the effort has cut and cleared a record 10,000 lots.

Green Wave has touched 11 of 23 Communities and 62 of 99 neighborhoods. Crews are currently in the Kingston and the South Woodlawn neighborhoods. To date Green Wave numbers are as follow:

Tonnage collected               64,748

Lot’s cut                                10, 257

Alley’s   Cut                          1,826

Ditches cut                           1,197

Right of Away’s cut            15,037
100 trucks, 500 city employees and every piece of equipment the city owns has been utilized working 10 hour days, 5 days a week cutting grass in vacant lots and clearing right of ways and alleys throughout the city.  In addition, code enforcement officials and environmental police have tagged and removed inoperable vehicles.

“We have challenged our employees to channel all of our public works resources to getting the neighborhoods cleaned and cut. In addition, every other city department has supported this effort. Equipment management continues to be on standby to fix equipment, the Municipal Court is conducting Community Courts to support code enforcement and the Community Development Department will follow up with information for residents on how to acquire the vacant properties through our Land bank Authority and RISE programs starting next month,” said Mayor William Bell.

This is the first time in the City’s history that departments have taken a holistic approach to not only cleaning up the City but sustaining the progress by utilizing every facet of city government.

In addition, the City’s Planning, Engineering and Permits (PEP) department has continued to tear down vacant houses at an unprecedented rate.