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20,600+ Philadelphians Take Part in 10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup

649,000 lbs. closer to achieving the City’s zero waste goal

PHILADELPHIA – April 14, 2017 – Philadelphia’s 10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup was a resounding success, with more than 20,600 Philadelphians completing 825 confirmed cleanups throughout the City.  The volunteers collected 649,000 lbs. of trash, 2,000 lbs. of yard waste, and more than 7,300 lbs. of recyclable materials – in a single day!

Mayor Jim Kenney and the Philadelphia Streets Department kicked off the Cleanup with a cleaning and press event at Hunting Park Recreation Center located at 1101 W Hunting Park Avenue in Philadelphia last Saturday, April 8th. 

Among those joining the Mayor were Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, Deputy Managing Director Mike Carroll, Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams, and Nic Esposito, Director of the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet. Also taking part were representatives from Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Dow, Waste Management, ReCommunity Recycling and Recyclebank.

“Thank you to all of our volunteers and partners who made the 10th anniversary of one of Philadelphia’s most collaborative and successful initiatives a successful one,” said Mayor Kenney. “I am grateful to all the communities and their involvement in the Philly Spring Cleanup because it’s a big step toward Philadelphia’s overall initiative to be a ‘zero waste’ city and litter free – more than half a million pounds to be exact!”

And the number of supplies volunteers used during the event equaled the amount of support. Volunteers utilized 5,000 brooms, 60,000 bags, 3,000 rakes, 2,600 shovels, 15,000 pairs of gloves, and 600 gallons of paint.

“We are so thankful to all of this year's project coordinators and participants because without them, the 2017 Philly Spring Cleanup would not have been such a success,” said Commissioner Williams. “However, the cleaning season has just begun, so please continue your cleanup efforts all year-long, and help us achieve a less littered and more sustainable City for all who live, work, and play here.”

The Streets Department and its community partners are excited to see what the next decade will bring in terms of achieving the zero waste goal.



In the last decade, more than 11 million pounds of trash have been removed from the City and more than 600,000 pounds recycled
In the last 10 years, Philly Spring Cleanup has attracted more than 100,000 volunteers
The 9th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup delivered 902 official project sites



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