Guide to improving the trash problem on your block

Little by little, changes are being made in the city to help reduce the amount of trash on the streets. Earlier this year, two new bills were introduced to require businesses to provide more trash cans and now pedal-operated trash cans are being installed, starting with one located in Point Breeze.

 Litter at 12th and McKean
Litter at 12th and McKean

Even with those changes, there’s still more that needs to be done to clean up our city.

PhillyMag compiled a straightforward guide, titled “The No-Bullshit Guide to a Litter-Free Block,” with tips to help improve your street and the city at large.

An excerpt from the guide:

And so we’ve put together the ultimate guide to cleaning up your block, with decades of know-how gleaned from city officials, block captains, civic leaders and longtime residents who have wrestled with litter for years. You won’t find the same old advice here you’ve heard a thousand times before: “Just call 311.” Instead, we’ve uncovered tricks to actually get 311’s attention (let’s just say a little public embarrassment never hurt), score free cleaning supplies from the city, organize a block cleanup that’ll actually be well-attended, and more. It’s the inside scoop on winning the War on Trash.

There’s tips for things like vacant lots, block captains, getting free recycling bins, making changes with City Council and more.

The guide has plenty of useful trash-related tips. Check it out here.

9 thoughts on “Guide to improving the trash problem on your block

  • July 13, 2015 at 11:02 am

    This is great! I am the unofficial block captain on my block (meaning, I go out and sweep up the trash and mutter obscenities at all of the a-holes who throw it on the street in the first place). I’ll definitely use this guide to help organize some real clean ups!

  • July 13, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    From that picture it looks like the problem lies in the storm drain grates. If they made the openings wider the trash would easily flow down.

  • July 13, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Trash isn’t supposed to go in storm grates. That’s what trash cans are for. I hate when I see someone lean over and throw their trash into the grates. Hold onto it until you get to a trash can!

    • July 13, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      I’m pretty sure the comment above yours was meant to be sarcastic.

  • July 13, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    The greater problem is the people who litter.

  • July 14, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Why can’t we make the people who litter (usually the old timers who think they still run the neighborhood) just move out?

    • July 16, 2015 at 7:44 am

      When all of the old timers are gone… Whats your plan? There will only be YOU to blame… And we’ll be in Girard Estates or Packer Park (where a lot of us old timers moved to) laughing at you looking for something else or someone else to blame it on…

  • July 14, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I would love to see more green machine style street cleaning crew methods being proposed INSTEAD of the big diesel spewing street sweeper polluter trucks that many people view as some kind of hero solution.

    But I do agree that the people littering are a problem. A culture of cleanliness helps more than the method of clean ups…

  • July 20, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Everytime I’ve seen a blatant litter violator, it has ALWAYS been cab drivers.

    They pull over, eat their fast food and chuck the containers out the window on the street. I saw it once on Reed and 12th, and ran up and picked up the trash (with half full cup of soda included) and chucked it into the open back window of the cabbie that threw it out! (then promptly ran like hell).

    HAHAHA! Jerk!

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