Jerusalem has added dozens of workers for removal of garbage and street sweeping, with an emphasis on the downtown area, the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall, the Mahaneh Yehuda open-air market, the light-rail route, the entrance to the city and entertainment centers. The added staffing will allow for three shifts to cover all 24 hours of the day.
Mayor Nir Barkat surprised new and veteran workers alike, Tuesday, when he met with them in the early-morning hours at Kikar Tzion (Zion Square), downtown, before they deployed to their various geographical work zones. He told them, "The cleanliness of the city has a direct connection to the quality of life of residents. We still have challenges in improving the cleanliness and appearance of the city and with you, the new employees of the sanitation system, we bring about a change for the better."