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PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 25, 2017): The Philadelphia Streets Department will kick off the 2017 cleaning season at the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) Annual Block Captain Rally as an opportunity for city officials to thank and recognize Block Captains for their hard work. The Rally also serves as a network where Block Captains can learn about resources that can benefit their blocks. The Rally will take place on Saturday, March 25 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and more than 1,500 Block Captains and residents are expected to attend the event, at which city officials will acknowledge their hard work in keeping their blocks and neighborhoods clean throughout the year. Attendees will also participate in several resource workshops and have the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from City departments and organizations.

“Philadelphia recently established a Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, tasked with combating litter and enhancing the cleanliness of our streets and public spaces within our neighborhoods. A waste- and litter-free Philadelphia starts with one neighborhood and one community,” said Philadelphia Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams. “The Block Captains and Jr. Block Captains are the backbone of our neighborhoods and are responsible for keeping our City beautiful all year,” said Commissioner Williams. Year after year these incredible Block Captains and Jr. Block Captains do a superior job in helping us motivate volunteers to participate in cleanup and beautification projects.”

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

“The theme of this year’s Rally is Zero Starts With One, which encourages Philadelphia residents to get involved as one community –  one City to remove unwanted litter and waste from the streets. A waste- and litter-free Philadelphia starts with one vision and in this case, one Block Captain,” said Commissioner Williams. “Philadelphia is a beautiful city and we should all do our part in keeping it clean now and for the future.”

More than 45 organizations and city departments will exhibit to provide Block Captains with information about cleaning and greening, post-secondary education opportunities and financial literacy. Resource workshops will be provided by Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Office of Sustainability, Recylebank, PMBC and Mural Arts.

During the rally program, residents will be entertained by the West Powelton Steppers and Drum Squad. Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams will provide remarks regarding the upcoming 10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup.

Block Captains are encouraged to recruit their neighbors, family and friends to participate in the 10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 8. Philadelphia residents can sign up to volunteer for a Philly Spring Cleanup project in their neighborhood by visiting The deadline to submit a project is March 24.

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

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  • Philadelphia has 6,500 Block Captains
  • PMBC hosts Clean Block Events throughout the city for 18 Saturdays 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


  • Submit a project and register as a volunteer online at
  • Deadline for project registration: Friday, March 24