South Philly Street Cleaning

Bring Philly Street Cleaning Back, says Councilman Squilla & Mayor Kenney

Councilman Mark Squilla wants to make Philadelphia a cleaner and safer place. He wants to reintroduce a street-cleaning program and  plastic bag fee bill again.  “I still think we need a street-cleaning program,” said Squilla. “Now, my South Philly brethren will probably freak out about it. But I would be a proponent.” It wouldn’t have to be the exact same program that failed years back; but a discussion about what might work to keep our city cleaner and safer is due.

Mayor Jim Ken­ney told philly.com last June that he would support the street-cleaning program if he got elected as mayor. His support of the program is to be expected.

Some opponents of the street-cleaning program claim that it is too inconvenient to move cars during the few street cleaning hours. Every major city, including heavily populated and overcrowded New York city, has a street-cleaning program.

Philadelphia is rated the dirtiest city in America again and again. Tourists are turned away by the filth, which in turn hurt local businesses. Perhaps it is time to discuss a change for a better, cleaner Philadelphia.

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11 thoughts on “Bring Philly Street Cleaning Back, says Councilman Squilla & Mayor Kenney”

  1. Before Frank Rizzo was elected, the water spraying trucks would follow the trash and garbage trucks and that was followed by the street sweepers. We had the cleanest city year after year.

  2. Host a competition and task competitors to devise a street cleaning technique or technology that will work around parked cars.

  3. Should have never stopped the cleaning program that averaged 15 tons of litter and debris off the streets each day. Each council person picked an area in their district to clean the route where cleaned weekly. But because of parking violations and citizens complaining the program was stopped, most signs are still up. Bring back street cleaning it didnhelp

  4. We definitely do NOT need any more fees in this city! It isn’t the plastic bags making our city a dirty, it is the careless people littering all over the place. We are not allowed to keep trash cans out to collect refuse, for if we do, the cans are taken AND we get a fine! And let’s not forget the city workers who dump cans in the refuse truck and some bounces out on the ground and they leave it there. This happens every single week. It gets tiring cleaning up after the people who simply do not care. Let’s not forget the smokers who toss their butts in the street too. Disgusting. Street cleaning would be great but still won’t resolve the issue as it is a mind set that has to change.

  5. Maybe those who pick up the trash every week can stop dumping a good bit of the trash back into the street. Especially the Recycled trash. They should have brooms & shovels on each truck to pick up the mess they leave behind every week. Including the glass.
    That can be a good start!

  6. Hiring local youth to be street cleaner crews on a part time basis could be one interesting idea. Similar to a youth work foundation they would gain knowledge about the benefits keeping their home environment clean and learning the importance of civic responsibility. The biggest benefit besides clean streets would be they gain a deeper respect for their environment and neighbors and pass this knowledge along to their friends. I see too often youth tossing garbage in the street without a second thought or sense of embarrassment or civic responsibility.

  7. I live here in South Philly and we have tried to keep out trash can’s for the neighbor’s to throw there trash in and every time the street’s dept confiscated them.. and you wonder why our streets are dirty ?

    1. Did you get fined too? I got fined once… so I gave up altogether. I clean up after myself and I just want to keep my neighborhood clean. It’s like the city is working against you on purpose! Do you think councilman Squilla will listen to these complaints? I’m sure they get many.

  8. You can really tell when a city has been slacking on street cleaning. My biggest complaint about Las Vegas, for example, is that the entire city feels like it’s covered in a layer of scum. That city is so dirty, you would need 100 men walking up and down the streets with a power washer. The city smells like a movie theater trash can covered in vomit and candy that has been sitting in the sun for a month.

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