In 2020, Clean & Safe picked up 655,040 gallons of trash, leaves and weeds.
Through the Clean, Safe & Green Partnership, the city outsources downtown sidewalk cleaning services to our organization. These services include picking up litter, leaves and debris from sidewalks in a 440 block area, as well as weed eradication. We also steam clean homeless waste spots and remove handbills. We collect over half a million gallons of trash and leaves every year. The team starts cleaning at 6 a.m., every day of the week. Sidewalk cleaning machines are used in tandem with manual cleaning.
WE SPEND NEARLY 30,000 HOURS ANNUALLY KEEEPING DOWNTOWN CLEAN & SAFE.
The goal is to keep downtown clean, safe and green. The program is responsive to the needs of the areas, businesses and daily situations.
The Clean & Safe program has been serving downtown for 22 years
In addition to downtown sidewalk cleaning, our organization maintains gateway beautification projects for the City, including weeding, watering and installing seasonal plants. The contractor for the beautification projects is Brightview.
The beautification projects include nearly 5,000 plants:
Flower baskets and more:
Nearly 5,000 plants were installed throughout downtown Richmond in 2020
In 2020, Venture Richmond has also boosted its efforts to keep Downtown clean. Following damages that occurred to businesses during recent protests, Venture Richmond and CBG launched a new Graffiti Cleaning Pilot Program as part of Clean & Safe. 195 handbills and 589 graffiti tags were removed, and 32 block faces were power washed on Broad Street between Belvidere and 10th Street. Property owners and businesses in the Downtown Service District area can request help removing graffiti by emailing email@example.com.