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Mayor Kenney Kicks off 10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup

PHILADELPHIA – April 8, 2017 –  Mayor Jim Kenney and the Philadelphia Streets Department kicked off Philadelphia’s 10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup with a cleaning and press event at Hunting Park Recreation Center located at 1101 W Hunting Park Avenue in Philadelphia.

Among those that joined the Mayor were Council President Darrell Clarke, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell, Deputy Managing Director Mike Carroll, and Nic Esposito, Director of the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet. Also taking part were representatives from the Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Dow, Waste Management, ReCommunity Recycling and Recyclebank.

“Today marks a special day as it marks the 10th anniversary of one of Philadelphia’s most collaborative and successful initiatives, The Philly Spring Cleanup,” said Mayor Kenney. “For ten years City departments and residents have worked feverishly to remove unwanted litter and trash to keep our streets, neighborhoods and parks clean and beautiful – and the results speak for themselves. We are forever grateful for their hard work and dedication over the past decade and look forward to seeing the progress that the next ten years will bring.”

In December 2016, the City of Philadelphia established the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, comprised of a 16-member cabinet of experts committed to increase the waste and diversion rate toward a long-term goal of zero waste entering landfills and incinerators. The cabinet will work to combat litter and enhance the cleanliness of streets and public spaces in city neighborhoods. The Philly Spring Cleanup is one of the city’s initiatives toward zero waste goals.

“Today is a very special occasion in that The Philly Spring Cleanup provides the perfect opportunity for residents to get involved, and take ownership over their neighborhoods,” said Commissioner Williams. “A clean Philadelphia is a happy Philadelphia and in order to achieve this, it starts with one vision, one person, one block, one neighborhood and one cleanup.

Commissioner Williams also stressed the value of continuing cleanup efforts throughout the year, and the impact it has on the unified commitment to improve the City for all who live, work and play here.

The Streets Department thanks all of this year's project coordinators and participants, who made the 2017 Philly Spring Cleanup a rousing success. 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.

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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