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Flyers, stickers costly for crews to clean up

March 18, 2010

Lattie Coor Hall is a cool cube of concrete and glass. Shimmering expanses of glass and walls of textured concrete command the eye – except when the walls and windows are plastered with flyers and pasted over with stickers.

Campus light poles also fall victim frequently to sticker-pasters. When the stickers are removed, the paint comes with them, causing more work – and expense for ASU’s paint crews. And stickers and tape even leave residue on concrete surfaces that is unattractive and hard to remove.

So what are the rules for posting flyers and stickers?

“People can post flyers on the concrete kiosks scattered around campus, but they are only supposed to put 2 copies on each kiosk, not wallpaper with them,” said Ellen Newell, associate director of Facilities Management.

“They can also post flyers in the planters – not in turf – but must remove them after their event is over. They may NOT post on trees, light posts, sidewalks, signs, or on buildings (except on approved bulletin boards).”

Stickers and tape are a nightmare for ASU’s paint shop, agreed Rose Barton, paint shop supervisor.

“In FY 2008/2009, the paint shop spent 1,094 hours removing graffiti, and posters. The cost was $27,840.81,” she said.

“When fliers and tape are removed, it removes the paint off the poles and doors. We could paint light poles non-stop, since almost all the poles have damage from stickers and tape. And there are approximately 3,200 poles on the Tempe campus.”