INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS ADD UP
All across the city, Philadelphians have been responding to our UnLitter Us plea, joining together to keep our streets, parks and sidewalks litter free. Join your neighbors, and use the below resources to join them.
- Start a Litter Free Zone.
- Your trash and recycling are collected on the same day, together, and should be set out on your scheduled collection day.
- Place all trash in personal containers with tight-fitting lids or secure it in such a way as to prevent refuse from being carried away by the elements. Rubbish may be placed in metal or other non-corrodible cans, no larger than 32 gallons, or in substantial leak-proof bags, no smaller than 27" x 33" (26 gals.) and no larger than 30" x 37" (32 gals.).
- You can recycle more materials than you may think! See the full list of materials you can and cannot recycle here.
- Some household items pose a serious threat to citizens, worker safety, and the environment, if set out for residential trash collection. For a complete list of acceptable household hazardous waste items, drop-off events and locations, as well as how to safely transport them to the drop-off events, click here.
- Fallen leaves can be litter too – take part in the Bagged Leaf and Recycling Program. Learn more about the program here.
- Don’t misuse sidewalk litter receptacles –household trash should not be deposited in, on top of, or alongside litter receptacles. These are designed for pedestrian litter only.
- Hold onto your trash until you reach a trash/recycling receptacle.
- Sweep along the curb line, where dirt and grime accumulate. Sweep all debris and litter into a container and save it for your trash collection day.
- Inlets are not a trash can - Sweeping dirt and debris into sewer inlets can clog them and cause flooding to surrounding basements.
- Make sure to secure or package all paper and trash to prevent debris from being blown or scattered. Cardboard cartons must be flattened and set out for recycling collection.
- Take pride in your block - become a PMBC Block Captain.
- Got oversized items? Automotive tires and appliances, such as stoves, washing machines, refrigerators, hot water heaters, etc. can be disposed of through a private hauler or residents may bring these items (limit of two) to their nearest Sanitation Convenience Center.