From Mayor Muriel Bowser <[email protected]>
Subject Celebrate the New Year at the Fresh Start 5K and Kids Dash
Date December 29, 2023 8:34 PM
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December 29, 2023

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

As you get ready to celebrate the new year, make sure you have registered for the Fresh Start 5K on New Year's Day.

Every year, the Fresh Start 5K brings together Washingtonians from across all eight wards. This year, we will be Downtown, kicking things off at Freedom Plaza. You can come to walk, run, enjoy refreshments, or cheer on a loved one. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and the 5K kicks off at 11:00 a.m. 

This year, there will also be a Fresh Start Kids Dash for children ages 12 and under. Families will be able to register their children for the Kids Dash at the festivities at Freedom Plaza on January 1, and kids will face off in a 100-yard dash at 11:45 a.m. on race day. All little racers will receive a special Kids Dash t-shirt for participating.

The 5K is a free event open to people of all ages and abilities. Whether you are looking to set a new personal record or just want to meet up with friends or start the new year surrounded by community, I hope to see you there!

Learn more and register at [ [link removed] ].


Muriel Bowser


In This Week's Newsletter:

* Christmas Tree Collection [ #link_4 ]
* Reminder: Trash Collection Slides Again Next Week [ #link_3 ]
* Take the Gratitude Survey! [ #link_2 ]

Christmas Tree Collection

The Department of Public Works' (DPW) annual Christmas tree and holiday greenery collection will begin on Wednesday, January 3, 2024 and run through Saturday, March 2. *Residents who live in DPW-serviced homes and buildings should place their trees and greenery curbside, either in front of their home or in the tree box, for collection.* Trees and greenery collected between January 3 and March 2 will be turned into mulch for distribution to residents throughout 2024.

What residents need to know about the 2024 tree and greenery collection:

* Collection for DPW-serviced households: Residents who receive collection service from DPW (single-family homes and apartment buildings containing three or fewer housing units) are eligible for holiday tree and greenery collection. Households not serviced by DPW (for example, larger apartment buildings) should consult with their landlord/property owner for collection procedures.
* Where to place trees and greenery: Residents should place their trees and greenery in the tree box area or curbside in front of their home.
* Remove decorations: When setting these items out for collection, residents should remove all ornaments and lights. Do not place trees and greenery in a bag. 
* Trees become free compost for residents: Trees and greenery collected through March 2, 2024, will be composted. District residents can collect up to five 32-gallon bags of the free compost year-round while supplies last at the Fort Totten Transfer Station. Residents must bring their own bags.
* Composting of holiday trees and greenery not guaranteed after March 3. After that date, residents can place holiday trees and greenery at their normal point of collection for trash and recycling. The items will be picked up with the trash as space in DPW trucks permits.

* Steps if holiday greenery is not collected: Contact 311 to create a “Christmas Tree Removal - Seasonal” service request for trees that remain curbside for more than seven days between January 31 and March 2.

In addition to curbside pickup, residents can also drop their holiday greenery at one of three locations during the collection period: 

* 201 Bryant Street NW (Roll off Box)
* Guy Mason Recreation Center (3600 Calvert Street NW)
* 2700 South Capitol Street SE (Roll off Box)

Residents are also asked to recycle cleaned seasonal food containers such as eggnog cartons, cans, and pie tins; nonmetallic wrapping paper; and empty, flattened gift and cardboard delivery boxes during the holidays.

Holiday ribbon and tissue paper are not recyclable and should be discarded.

Learn more HERE [ [link removed] ]. 

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Reminder: Trash Collection Slides Again Next Week

The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) will not collect household trash and recycling on New Year’s Day (Monday, January 1). *Trash and recycling collections will “slide” for the remainder of the week into Saturday.* For example, households that normally receive trash and recycling collections on Monday, will be serviced on Tuesday, January 2.

Leaf collection will operate on schedule. Bulk trash removal will be suspended on Monday, January 1 and will resume on Tuesday, January 2.  

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Take the Gratitude Survey!

As we close out 2023, the Mayor’s Office of Innovation invites residents to celebrate the things that make our city special. Take a moment to share what you’re grateful for — whether it’s a beautiful park, a favorite local restaurant, a community event, or a remarkable neighbor. Your gratitude can shape the future of our city!

Access the survey HERE [ [link removed] ].

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Mayor Muriel Bowser

John A. Wilson Building | 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW | Washington DC, 20004

(202) 727-2643

[email protected] | [ [link removed] ] | @mayorbowser



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