Mayor Nutter Announces Results of 6th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup

Philadelphia, April 17, 2012 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the Philadelphia Streets Department announced results of last Saturday’s 6th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup.  A total of 13,198 volunteers participated in cleaning and greening projects across Philadelphia. This year’s cleanup had an unprecedented 565 projects, far surpassing last year’s record breaking 348 sites.


“For the sixth year in a row, Philadelphians have stepped up to the plate and volunteered in the Philly Spring Cleanup,” said Mayor Nutter. “I am truly impressed with the passion and dedication throughout the city to make Philadelphia a cleaner, greener and safer place. Each year we hope to expand the cleanup, and I am proud to say that we did that this year with a record number of sites.”


Volunteers removed 1,014,540 pounds of trash and 23,341 pounds of recyclable material. This year’s cleanup continued with the theme “Keep Up the Sweep Up” to encourage cleaning efforts year round.


“I would like to thank all the block captains, neighbors, local businesses and community organizations  who volunteered their time and efforts in this day of service and to making the 6th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup the best cleanup ever,” said Streets Commissioner Clarena I.W. Tolson. “The Philly Spring Cleanup begins the momentum for beautifying our neighborhoods all year long and to ‘Keep Up the Sweep Up’ to maintain a cleaner and brighter Philadelphia.”


2013 Philly Spring Cleanup in numbers:


General figures

  • 565 project sites (the most projects ever registered for a Philly Spring Cleanup)
  • 13,198 volunteers
  • 65,990 service hours
  • 1,014,540 pounds of trash removed
  • 23,341 pounds of material recycled
  • 6,834 recycling bins distributed
  • 4,030 tires removed
  • 17 Parks and Recreation Centers cleaned


Supplies distributed


  • 37,000 trash and recycling bags
  • 6,417 brooms
  • 15,616 gloves
  • 3,011 shovels
  • 3,409 rakes
  • 1,010 gallons of paint


In 2012, the Philly Spring Cleanup had 348 registered project sites and 12,115 volunteers.  1, 000,940 pounds of trash, 40,340 pounds of recyclable material and 1,800 tires were removed.


2013 Sponsors include: Dow, The Carton Council, BigBelly, Waste Management, Behr Paints, Covanta Energy, Republic Services, and ReCommunity Recycling. Dow, in conjunction with Behr Paints, donated 1,000 gallons of quality, high hiding exterior paint specifically designed to protect and cover a variety of surfaces found in the city.  The exterior paint, provided in a number of colors, including black, white, red and grey, was used to cover graffiti, paint curbs and refresh fences throughout Philadelphia.


2013 Partners include: Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC), Philly Future Track, Community Action Center of the United Way Southeastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, City Year, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement & Volunteer Services, UnLitter Us, Philadelphia Recycling Rewards, The PhillyRising Collaborative.


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