Philadelphia, March 12, 2015 – Over the course of 2015, the City will announce a series of legislative initiatives, commitments, and investments designed to reduce litter in neighborhoods, streets, parks, and waterways.
“Litter continues to be a top concern of residents, business owners, and community groups,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “During my time in office, we have addressed the issue by establishing weekly, single-stream recycling, instituting community-based programs like the annual Philly Spring Cleanup, enhancing short dumping enforcement measures, and driving public education through a series of citywide campaigns. But litter clearly remains a major problem that requires continued leadership and action. My administration, working collaboratively with City Council, is focused on making continued progress on this important issue.”
In Philadelphia, the most heavily littered areas continue to be along commercial corridors and in neighborhoods with large numbers of rental properties. In order to begin addressing these issues, two bills drafted by the Nutter Administration in partnership with Councilwoman Reynolds Brown were introduced today in City Council. Together, the bills will help focus on litter and illegal dumping by making sure that landlords and establishments that sell food have appropriate waste and recycling bins for tenants and customers. By ensuring that Philadelphians have locations to deposit trash and recyclable materials, we can reduce litter and trash on our streets. These bills are the first in a series of legislative actions that City Council will undertake to address litter and short dumping.
“Litter isn’t just an eyesore — it harms our streams and rivers, impacts water quality, and costs the City money,” said Katherine Gajewski, Director of Sustainability. “Unfortunately, there is no single solution. We are working across departments and with City Council to address Philadelphians concerns and to bring forward strategies to address them.”
Information on the comprehensive effort will be released in the coming weeks. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability will be providing regular updates via its Facebook and Twitter accounts (GreenworksPhila, @GreenworksPhila). The City of Philadelphia’s Litter Index can be found through the Open Data Philly portal at https://opendataphilly.org/dataset/litter-index.