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Mayor Kenney Announces the 11th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup

PHILADELPHIA – April 14, 2018 – Mayor Jim Kenney and the Philadelphia Streets Department kicked off Philadelphia’s 11th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup with a cleaning and press event at Ezekiel Baptist Church in Southwest Philadelphia. The Philly Spring Cleanup is one of the city’s initiatives toward Philadelphia’s Zero Waste goal of becoming 90% zero waste and litter-free by 2035.

Ezekiel Baptist Church in Southwest Philadelphia was selected to host the event because of its location along regional rail lines, an area typically impacted by illegal dumping – both short and residential.

This year’s Cleanup theme is ‘Beautifying our City together one block at a time.’ The focus will be on how illegal dumping and other sanitation issues are tied to neighborhood safety and beautification. 

“I am thankful to all of our residents for their involvement in the Philly Spring Cleanup because it’s a big step toward Philadelphia’s overall initiative to be a ‘zero waste’ city. It is because of them that the Philly Spring Cleanup has been a success over the past decade,” said Mayor Kenney. “While today marks the start of Philadelphia’s cleaning season, our goal is to sustain this energy. Thank you for your efforts. Thank you for your energy. Thank you for being involved in this important goal to keep the City of Philadelphia clean and green.”

“The Philly Spring Cleanup is the keystone event to kick off the cleaning season. It exemplifies the collaborative responsibility of government and citizens working together to beautify and keep Philadelphia a wonderful place to work, live and play,” said Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams. “Illegal dumping among other sanitation issues disrupt the enhancement and safety of Philadelphia, particularly in the Southwest region along the regional rail lines. We must continue to work together while taking ownership of our blocks, neighborhoods and parks by keeping them free of trash and debris.”

Among those who joined the Mayor and the Streets Department were Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, as well as representatives from Ezekiel Baptist Church, Covanta, SEPTA, Amtrak, Waste Management, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Southwest CDC, RecycleBank, MSW Consultants, ACV Enviro, Big Belly, Republic Services, ReCommunity, Philly Future Track, Eforce Recycling, Philadelphia’s Zero Waste & Litter Cabinet, Philadelphia Department of Planning and Development, Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee, Mural Arts and Keep America Beautiful/Keep Philadelphia Beautiful.

The Philly Spring Cleanup also provides an opportunity for Philly Future Track students to continue to learn of the impact public service has on the city. The Philly Future Track program provides on-the-job skill training and real-world work experience to better position young adults for work with the City of Philadelphia and other employers throughout the region.

“We’d like to offer a special thank you to our Future Track students. These students are playing a large role in this year’s Philly Spring Cleanup, and have identified their own projects ranging from beautifying a neighborhood park to developing informational and educational brochures to encourage residents to keep their neighborhood clean,” said Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams. “It’s not only our Streets Department staff that is working on our city’s beautification efforts, but it is also our young people.”

The Streets Department thanks all of this year's project coordinators and participants, who made the 2018 Philly Spring Cleanup a huge success, and reinforces the importance of the continuation of cleaning efforts throughout the remainder of the season. The Streets Department and its community partners look forward to reinforcing its commitment to improve the City of Philadelphia for its residents and visitors.


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