City To Launch Anti-Litter Campaign

News release from Mayor Joe Ganim:

Mayor Joseph Ganim with neighborhood community leaders, residents, local business owners and volunteers  will launch Bridgeport’s anti-litter campaign ‘Park City Pickin’ It Up.’ This is a city-wide and community initiative, in conjunction with the City’s “War on Blight,” that focuses on the beautification of the city and overall quality of life for our residents. The City has assembled an anti-litter task force that includes Bridgeport Police, Public Facilities, Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ) members, and the Department of Health and Social Services. The campaign includes education, engagement and sustainability. All resident and community members are invited to attend as Bridgeport kicks off ‘Park City Pickin’ It Up’ with a city-wide clean up event on April 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Cesar A. Batalla School, 606 Howard Ave, Bridgeport, CT.

“This initiative has the benefits of positive appearance and vibrancy for visitors and residents; it also brings a sense of pride. It’s that feeling of pride and passion in your city, your neighborhood and the overall quality of life that our residents deserve,” said Mayor Ganim. “We need everyone’s support in making Bridgeport the cleanest the city in the state.”

(To volunteer this Saturday, contact Angie Staltaro at

It Starts With the Kids

Raising the consciousness of Bridgeport citizens to make it the cleanest City in Connecticut starts with the youth in our neighborhoods. For the education component of this campaign, organizers will create a curriculum to implement in the local schools.

Doing Your Part

Committees are encouraged to be created to effectively clean up neighborhoods and engage residents, these committees will be held responsible for identifying priority areas for clean up. Efforts will be made to gather volunteers to clean up those designated areas.

Trash Initiative

In an effort making it easy to “pick it up,” the City will distribute 100 new garbage cans that will be placed at bus stops, along major streets, and outside local business. For more information and to ‘Adopt a Trash Can,’ local businesses are encouraged to contact Tom Gecewicz at


Enforcement of this initiative is as follows; police officers will be encouraged to issue warnings and tickets for littering, the health department inspectors will issue violations to non-compliant retailers, and posting of signage describing $99.00 littering fines will be distributed. Violations will be given to retailers who do not clean up their designated area; these enforcements are for the better future of our city.



    1. Ron Mackey, do you really believe this initiative is a kick off campaign for a run for Governor? Can’t it just be a great initiative to clean up the city. I think even Bill Finch would agree it is a great initiative. Sometimes you just have to say kudos! We have become so used to seeing garbage everywhere that we just don’t see it anymore!

      1. Steve, I think it’s a good initiative but as Lisa Parziale stated on a different topic, Joe Ganim really doesn’t want to be mayor and wants to seek higher office. Joe Ganim always has a alternative motive and Mario Testa is right here behind Joe pushing him, they both want to get into the limelight on the state level.

  1. How does the City of Bridgeport decide to develop a curriculum for the local schools without discussing it with the Board of Education?

    CT state statute requires a local school board to APPROVE all curriculum.

    It is not that I am opposed to this initiative, it is simply disrespectful to those responsible for every aspect of our public schools not to be consulted BEFORE a press release is issued.

    It is incredibly insulting, and it is not acceptable.

  2. If people would use the garbage cans that are out there or wait till they get to one and throw their trash in. By looking at the city that would be a great start, why reinvent the wheel?

    1. It is unlikely that the subject of “checks and balances” have been taught or tested. And certainly “conflict of interest” in the case of a City employee who is also a member of the City Council is missed in such Civic primer. (A brief discussion with a CC rep this week who also receives a weekly paycheck ended up with her telling me that she has a Constitutional right to her elected position.

      There you have it. Individual or personal rights “trump” other concepts and ignorance reigns. And this Council person who will not admit to the weekly pay and holding on to the job as items more personally important
      than good objective decision making for all the people? Another example of OIB? Time will tell.

  3. I remember this commercial growing up, these days with all the political correctness it would not be aired today. It does make the point about litter and people. Keeping any city clean starts with people.

    For those of us over fifty enjoy for everyone else, see what you missed.

    1. Stringfellow that video is relevant today and will always be as long as people don’t done’t want to live in squalor and destroy the environment in the process. As I’ve stated many times, I spent sixteen years living in a public housing complex and the tenants took turns sweeping the hallways and keeping the common area free of debris.

    2. Stringfellow, that commercial was excellent back in the day as it would be now. I think the Native American Indians would be very proud of that commercial as we should be ashamed that 50 years later we are in the same sad mess!!

  4. About 25 years ago a co-worker and her friend saw the Four Tops perform at 90 Acres Park. They had the opportunity to meet with a couple of them after the show. During their conversation one of the Tops said that Bridgeport was the trashiest city he had ever seen. Unfortunately we have large percentage of our citizenry and visitors who think nothing of throwing out of their car windows or onto the ground. I live behind a Subway, chinese restaurant & variety store and am forever picking up the detrious left by these slobs.

  5. Yes Lisa the video is very relevant too bad they will not air it.

    We need to get back to basics and it starts at home.

    People have to teach children what to do with their trash, how to cross the street, say please and thank you the list goes on and on.

    Far too many people think nothing of discarding their trash where they please too many times that is not the closest trash can.


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