A new initiative aims to protect the public from stray needles while saving the city money.
Monday, Mayor Tim Keller announced the new “Safe Handling And Routing of Paraphernalia” (SHARP) program.
It allows citizens to use the city’s existing 311 app to report needles instead of calling 911.
Different city departments will then work as a team to cleanup the reported areas.
“So each month a different department is going to take turns doing this, so for example this month it’s going to be AFR, and then APD, and then DMD and then Parks and Rec, and then Transit, and then it rotates right back to AFR,” Albuquerque Fire Rescue Chief Paul Dow said.
The city hopes the SHARP program will also empower local groups to clean up needles safely by providing training on needle pick up, and special disposal kiosks around town.
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