Savannah fights carriage horse waste

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Companies that provide horse-drawn carriage tours of Savannah say they’re working together to flag messes caused by the animals and keep the downtown area clean.

 

The Savannah Morning News reports the latest tactic is the use of small, brightly colored flags to mark areas for cleaning. They’re purchased 5,000 at a time, and mark spots for “equine waste technicians,” who then show up to spray down the site or shovel up the mess.

About two months ago, hours for cleanup specialists were expanded. The Savannah newspaper reports that the expanded hours mean someone is now on call and on the way whenever the carriages are operating.

Veleeta McDonald, Savannah’s acting director of mobility and parking services, said officials have noticed improvements in equine sanitation with the expanded hours.

“That’s helped out tremendously,” McDonald said.

The clean-up efforts were once the responsibility of city employees.

About two years ago, the carriage companies took charge of the cleanup operation. They each pay about $1,350 a month to fund the service.

The city’s five carriage tour companies have a combined fleet of 22 carriages, according to a tourism advisory committee report issued in January. The city sent letters to all of the drivers in mid-July spelling out their responsibilities for keeping the historic district odor free and aesthetically pleasing.

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