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Streets Department Kicks Off 2018 Cleaning Season at PMBC Block Captain Rally

Streets Department Kicks Off 2018 Cleaning Season at PMBC Block Captain Rally

Philadelphia residents beautify the City together one block at a time


PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 19, 2018): On Saturday, March 17, the Philadelphia Streets Department kicked off the 2018 cleaning season at the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) Annual Block Captain Rally.


More than 1,500 Block Captains and residents attended the rally. City officials acknowledged their hard work in keeping their blocks and neighborhoods clean throughout the year. Attendees participated in resource workshops and met with representatives from City departments and organizations.


“The theme of this year’s rally is ‘Beautifying our City together one block at a time.’ The rally aims to encourage Philadelphia’s residents and Block Captains to continue to unite their neighborhoods year-round, and to work collaboratively to achieve a cleaner, safer and more beautiful city,” said Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams. “The dedication our Block Captains and Junior Block Captains exhibit is nothing short of extraordinary. These individuals do a remarkable job in helping us keep Philadelphia clean for all to enjoy, and we are grateful for their commitment year after year.”


Residents can visit the Streets Department website to see this year’s PMBC Clean Block Schedule and to learn how to participate in these cleanup events.


Also at the rally, more than 50 organizations and departments provided Block Captains with information about cleaning and greening, post-secondary education opportunities and financial literacy. Resource workshops were provided by PMBC, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Recyclebank, Mural Arts, Fire Department, Home Depot, Office of Emergency Management, Water Department, and PGW.


The West Powelton Steppers and Drum Squad kicked off the main program.  Mayor Jim Kenney offered remarks of gratitude and encouragement to all. “I think the theme of this year’s rally captures the essence of the work that the block captains do,” said Mayor Kenney. “Your tireless efforts and unwavering dedication to Philadelphia make this city a better place to live, one block at a time.”


Block Captains are encouraged to recruit their neighbors, family and friends to participate in the 11th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 7. for registration details.


For more information about PMBC, visit For more information about the Philadelphia Streets Department, visit


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Philadelphia has more than 6,500 Block Captains
PMBC hosts Clean Block Events throughout the city every Saturday during the spring and summer months
To learn how to become a Block Captain, visit
To find out the name of your neighborhood’s Clean Block Officer, visit
For PMBC contact information, visit