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Mayor Kenney to Announce 10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup City

PHILADELPHIA – March 8, 2017 –  Mayor Jim Kenney and the Philadelphia Streets Department today began the countdown to the 10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup to be held on Saturday, April 8, at locations throughout the City.  

Among those joining the Mayor were Council President Darrell Clarke, Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell, 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.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Philly Spring Cleanup, a Philadelphia tradition that brings communities and City departments together working hand-in-hand to remove unwanted litter and trash to keep our streets, neighborhoods and parks clean and beautiful,” said Mayor Kenney. “For the last decade, Philly Spring Cleanup has been vital to keeping our neighborhoods free of unwanted litter.”

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. Residents can register a project or volunteer for one near them at

“The goal for a cleaner, healthier Philadelphia starts with one vision: “Zero Starts With One”: one unified commitment to improving this City for all who live, work and play here,” said Commissioner Williams. “A litter-free Philadelphia starts with one vision, one person, one block, one neighborhood and one cleanup. The Philly Spring Cleanup is one step toward the city’s Zero Waste and Litter goals.”

Williams stressed the importance of participating in this year’s cleanup and continuing the effort throughout the year. “The Philly Spring Cleanup is all about communities coming together to beautify our City. It’s about establishing pride in the City and supporting the need for a better quality of life now and for the generations to come,” said Williams. “As part of the City’s overarching zero waste plans, the Philly Spring Cleanup is the perfect time to take ownership of our neighborhoods and start cleaning up unwanted waste to keep our City clean all year long and for years to come.”

Hunting Park was selected for the announcement in-part to recognize the ongoing commitment of a diverse number of active organizations, including: Mills & Edwards LLP, Hunting Park United, Lenfest Center, Little Flowers, Squash Smarts, Logan Civic Community Organization, Esperanza, and many others.

Organizations, including SEPTA, look forward to the annual ongoing community collaboration with members of City Year Corps.  SEPTA employees, their family members and friends join forces to clean up at 12 different SEPTA locations throughout Philadelphia, including Frankford Transportation Center; 69th Street Transportation Center; Broad & Lehigh (North Philadelphia/North Broad Regional Rail Stations and North Philadelphia Broad Street Line Station); Southern Depot; Midvale Depot/Wayne Junction Station; Woodland Depot; Callowhill Depot; Germantown Depot; SEPTA’s 2nd and Wyoming Station; Elmwood Depot; Wister Regional Rail Station.

City residents and organizations can become involved in the 10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup by registering a project site or by volunteering on Saturday, April 8. City residents and organizations who wish to participate should visit The deadline for submitting a project is Friday, March 24, 2017. Residents may also call the Streets Department’s Customer Affairs Unit at 215-686-5560, or at 3-1-1.

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Volunteer and project site registration is now open
Submit a project and register as a volunteer online at
Deadline for registering projects: Friday, March 24


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