University Area Embraces Free Cleanup Effort
Hillsborough County Code Enforcement crews collected almost 50 tons of dilapidated furniture, worn-out tires, old shopping carts, and other trash in the University Area during the latest Fight the Blight initiative.
Residents hauled the unwanted items to curbs in front of their houses and apartments, and County workers picked up the discards for free between Saturday, Aug. 22, and Saturday, Aug. 29. A County truck outfitted with a claw-like bucket removed debris at more than 100 locations.
The undertaking was part of the on-going Fight the Blight effort to help Hillsborough County residents in targeted areas get rid of unwanted junk and trash. The philosophy: A community's appearance can affect how residents feel, and influence health, safety, and property values throughout a neighborhood.
"We are so thankful for the support of Hillsborough County Code Enforcement as we work as partners to remove unwanted items abandoned in our community," says Sarah Combs, executive director and CEO of the University Area Community Development Corp. "Residents often don't have the means to dispose of these items properly so they are left on corners or in empty lots which creates a broken window theory that we are working hard to overcome."
University Area neighborhoods participating in August's cleanup were bordered by Sinclair Hills Road and Fowler Avenue to the north and south, respectively, and Nebraska Avenue and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard/Livingston Avenue to the west and east.
Residents of unincorporated Hillsborough County who don't live in the University Area can discard unwanted items including general trash, appliances and bulky items, paint and electronics, yard and wood waste, and household hazardous waste at the appropriate solid waste facility.