Philadelphia, April 20, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the Philadelphia Streets Department announced results of the 8th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup, held on Saturday, April 11th.  A total of 14,460 volunteers participated in cleaning and greening projects across Philadelphia which broke last year’s record of 14,225 volunteers. For this year’s cleanup there were 723 projects, surpassing last year’s record of 565 sites.  Volunteers removed a total of 953,640 pounds of materials from cleanup sites throughout the city.  This year’s cleanup continued with the theme “Keep Up the Sweep Up” to encourage cleaning efforts year round.

“For the eighth 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 again this year with a record number of volunteers, sites and debris removed.”

Streets Commissioner David J. Perri said, “The Philly Spring Cleanup was a tremendous success for the eighth year in a row. The Streets Department thanks Mayor Nutter for being our biggest supporter over the past eight years. His commitment to clean and beautify City streets, neighborhoods, and parks and recreation centers inspires us to succeed each year. Additionally, I would like to thank all the volunteers who have worked alongside us since the first Philly Spring Cleanup in 2008. Each year, your hard work and dedication ensures that Philly Spring Cleanups are a huge success.”

2015 Philly Spring Cleanup in numbers:

General figures

  • 723 registered projects
  • 14,460 volunteers
  • 836,100 pounds of trash removed
  • 107,580 pounds of material recycled
  • 9,960 lbs of yard waste
  • 104,260 pounds of tires
  • 3,200 recycling bins distributed
  • 4 parks and recreation centers cleaned

Supplies distributed

  • 136 crews
  • 6,500 trash and recycling bags
  • 5,000 brooms
  • 15,000 gloves
  • 3,100 shovels
  • 3,800 rakes
  • 720 gallons of paint
  • 72,300 service hours

2015 Sponsors include: BigBelly, Waste Management, DOW, Covanta Energy, Republic Services, and ReCommunity Recycling. DOW donated 720 gallons of recycled O’Leary Paint for Philly Spring Cleanup Projects.  It was used to cover graffiti, to paint curbs and to refresh fences at recreation centers.

2015 Partners include: Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Recyclebank, Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC), City Year, and United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania

For more information on the 2015 Philly Spring Cleanup, please visit

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