This Is Why Your Trash Hasn’t Been Picked Up

Philadelphia Streets Department: It’s still the snow’s fault.

On Tuesday, Philly Mag’s Victor Fiorillo noted his trash hadn’t been picked up in awhile, and made a dire threat/promise to dump his garbage on the lawn of Streets Commissioner David Petri.

It’s possible the Streets Department—which is responsible for trash pickup in the city—took notice: This morning there’s a “detailed explanation” for the trash delay on the department’s website.

We understand the frustration that comes with delayed trash collection. Due to the severity of this winter, there have been several occasions in which Sanitation trucks have been fitted with snowplows to assist in snow removal. In these instances, Sanitation trucks account for over one-third of the vehicles used during snow removal, forcing trash collections to be cancelled for that day. In the week after a snow storm there is twice the amount of material to be collected on the cancelled day. As a result, trucks fill to capacity quicker and collections can fall behind schedule. We appreciate your patience during the week following a storm while we catch up as quickly as possible. Put your collections out on your regularly scheduled day and if your rubbish or recycling is missed on that day we will pick it up the following day. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that may occur.

It’s still winter’s fault, in other words. Will Victor be appeased? We’re guessing no.


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  • Pee Bee

    and who’s fault is it that my block is constantly covered in loose trash, including the circulars, free newspapers and menus that many refuse to pickup and bring in the house. my block looks like there was a parade last night. a third world country. pathetic. i can only clean so much! Point Breeze. blah!!

    • Emily Leaman

      I have the same problem in Passyunk Square. Drives me nuts.

      • Pee Bee

        We The People refuse to lift a finger and clean up our ‘community’ that we are so afraid of being ‘gentrified’.

  • Mike

    Well, this is what happens when people vote for Michael Nutter’s second term. Poor Frank Rizzo. God rest his soul.

  • matthew brandley

    Has anyone noticed that in the suburbs the private contracters bust butt when they pick up the trash ? when you see the phila union goons from the sanitaion dept they all move at a snails pace milking the job for all its orth and racking up as much o t as they can possibly get?