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'Get It Done' clears 7,000 tons of trash from San Diego since app's start

Posted at 7:51 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 22:51:40-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer says the city's Get It Done mobile app has led to thousands of tons of trash being removed.

In the app's first three years, more than 7,000 tons of trash, debris, and waste has been removed from public spaces around the city.

The city broke that number up into:

  • Illegal dumping/litter removal - 4,440 tons of waste
  • Encampment debris cleanup - 2,528 tons of waste

The app was made available in 2017 to encourage residents to report trash and other concerns in their neighborhoods. Since then, city crews have responded to more than 6,500 reports and conducted more than 32,000 proactive cleanups.

The average response time has also shrunk from 25 days in 2017 to five days in 2020, the city says.

Council members have also been able to use the data received from the app to identify hot spots in their districts.

The app is part of the city's "Clean SD" program. The program was born out of a need to clean unsanitary areas in the public, including homeless encampments, according to the city. Since 2017, the city has sanitized and power washed 18,000 city blocks, or about 1,800 miles of sidewalk.

"Clean SD is all about restoring a sense of pride in our communities and making sure our neighborhoods are clean and safe for everyone. Our cleanup crews have accomplished that and so much more," Faulconer said this week from the site of a frequent illegal dumping site in Paradise Hills. "This has truly been a citywide push to beautify our neighborhoods and we encourage San Diegans to keep using the ‘Get It Done’ app to report issues that we need to address in their community."