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The No-B.S. Guide to Recycling in Philadelphia

It can be hard to muster up the energy to be environmentally conscious these days, what with the knowledge that earth is warming to the […]

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Here’s What Philly’s New Leaf Blower Street Sweeping Program Looks Like

On Tuesday morning, city officials unveiled a new street sweeping pilot program, which means Philly no longer holds the dubious distinction of being the only major U.S. […]

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Philly Is Incinerating Half of Its Recycling — and It’s Partly Your Fault

On any given weekday, recycling trucks fan out across Philadelphia on a taxpayer-funded quest to save the planet, one blue bin at a time. But […]

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Why Is It So Damn Hard for Philly to Bring Back Citywide Street Sweeping?

For as long as there’s been trash, Philadelphians have griped about having to pick it up. In fact, we even gripe about having someone else […]

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Philly Is (Probably) Launching a Street Sweeping Pilot Next Year

Street sweeping is finally returning to Philly. Probably. Nic Esposito, director of the city’s Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, recently told WHYY’s Radio Times that […]

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Why Is Crowdfunding the Only Way to Get Your Street Cleaned in Philly?

In Italian, Bella Vista means “beautiful sight.” It’s the name city planners chose to rechristen the neighborhood bounded by 6th Street, 11th Street, South Street, […]

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Philly Just Got Bigbelly Trash Cans You Don’t Have to Touch

This summer, we were thrilled to tell you 275 new trash cans were on their way to Philly. You would think new trash cans wouldn’t be […]

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Mayor Kenney’s Waste Reduction Goals Are … Interesting

This week, under the executive order of Mayor Kenney, the city’s Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet unveiled its plan to help reach the mayor’s extremely […]

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Hallelujah! Center City Is Getting New Trash Cans… And They’re Free

Philadelphia City Council approved a tentative deal to bring 275 new trash compactors to Center City on Thursday and all we can say is it’s […]


Don’t Like Philadelphia’s Littered Streets? Adopt a Block

Not in Philly quietly launched late last year and the site is quickly proving to be a genius community-built answer to a better-looking and better-smelling […]

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Kenney Creates Trash Cabinet to Make Philly Cleaner … by 2035

Mayor Jim Kenney has signed an executive order that aims to make the city a little less dirty. The order will allow for the creation of a 16-member Zero […]

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Only One State Has More Trash Per Capita Than Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is very, very trashy. At least that’s according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, which energy company used to conduct an […]

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Trash and Recycling Picked Up Today, After All

So, you may have noticed that there weren’t the predicted four-to-eight inches of snow on the ground in Philadelphia when you woke up this morning. […]

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Is Pennsylvania America’s Dumping Ground?

Saying that Pennsylvania has become one of America’s top importers of other states’ trash, Sen. Bob Casey has introduced a bill that would let officials […]


Fix This: The Embarrassing Metaphor That Is the Trash-Filled Municipal Services Building Sign

This September, as many as two million people (and maybe more) will bum-rush Philadelphia to see Pope Francis. Lots of them will walk by the Municipal […]