08 May 2013 12:00 am

Trash Information

Trash Collection Day

Check here for everything you need to know including which day is your collection day, set out times, proper containers, bulk items and more: http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/sanitation/residential

Call 311 for missed pickups or other problems such as illegal dumping.

Trash should be placed out between 7pm the night before and 7am the day of collection. To avoid additional litter problems, please put out your trash in a sturdy container with a lid. Please also remember that after a bank holiday, trash service will be delayed by a day.

Broken electronics can no longer be left out on the curb for trash pickup. The Covered Device Recycling Act now makes it illegal to dispose many electronic devices in PA state landfills. This includes desktop and laptop computers, monitors, peripherals such as printers, keyboards and mouses, tablets like iPads and Kindles, and televisions with viewable screens larger than four inches.

If you miss one of our e-Force recycling events, eWaste must be taken to a city sanitation center and cannot be left at the curb. For locations visit http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/sanitation/residential/sanitation-convenience-centers or visit http://www.eforcecompliance.com for other local events.

Block Captains
The Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee organizes approximately 6,300 block captains around the city to help with block cleanings and neighborhood beautification. To learn more visit http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/pmbc/block-captain, or to sign up to become a block captain, call 215-685-3981.

Recycling Information

Recycling is not only good for the environment by helping to reduce air and water pollution and conserving energy and natural resources, it’s also good for the economy! Recycling in Philadelphia is cheaper than trash removal- so it saves precious tax dollars! The more you recycle, the more the city saves!

General Information
City of Philadelphia Recycling website: http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/recycling

Recycling Alliance of Philadelphia – RecycleNOW Philly website – www.recyclenowphilly.org

Recycling Collection Day
Recycling Collection is every week on the same day as trash day.

Single Stream
All of South Philly now receives single stream recycling- which means you can put all your recyclables, including plastics and cardboard, in one bin. Accepted materials in single stream include:

What you can recycle:

Cartons:

Orange juice cartons, milk cartons, juice boxes, soup boxes, ice cream cartons, and more

Metal:

Tin and aluminum cans, empty aerosol cans, empty paint cans

Glass:

Jars and bottles

Mixed Paper:

Newspaper, magazines, mail (junk and personal), phone books, food boxes (remove plastic liner), computer paper, flyers, wrapping paper (no foil or plastic wrap), soda and beer cartons (no food-soiled paper, please!)

Plastic Containers:

Recycle All Household Plastic Containers!

#1: Soda and water bottles, condiment and peanut butter jars, etc.

#2: Milk, water and juice jugs, detergents, shampoo bottles, dairy product containers, flower pots, some household cleaners

#3: Rigid plastic containers and juice bottles

#4: Plastic tubs and lids from butter, margarine or similar products

#5: Yogurt containers and deli trays

#6: Plastic cups, plates and to-go containers (clear, rigid #6 only, not styrofoam products)

#7: Many mixed plastic containers and plastic products

To learn more about what plastics you can recycle, download the Plastics Recycling Fact Sheet (pdf)

Cardboard:

Empty and flattened

What you can’t recycle:

Metal:

Aluminum foil, pots/pans, paper clips

Glass:

Light bulbs, window glass

Mixed Paper:

Hard back books, tissues, paper towels, napkins, wax-coated cups or containers, food-soiled paper, file folders

Plastic:

Styrofoam, PVC pipe, packing inserts or “peanuts”, medical plastics, including IV tubing, sharps, and syringes. Please refer to proper disposal guidelines from your medical service providers.
Recycle plastic bags at grocery stores

Other:

Styrofoam, chemicals, rubber, wood, and ceramic or porcelain plates or cups containers

Bins
You do not need a city issued bin in order to recycle and can use any sturdy plastic or metal container that holds 32 gallons or less and just mark it with the word “RECYCLING” on its side. Don’t use cardboard boxes as containers–they’ll end up wet, split open and make a mess on your sidewalk. Instead, flatten them and place them in your bin to be recycled with your bottles, cans and paper. If one bin is not enough to hold all recyclables, simply add another one.

If you want a blue bin, you can pick one up from a city sanitation yard. A list of locations can be found here: http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/sanitation/residential/sanitation-convenience-centers

Feel free to contact mailto:trash@passyunk.org if you need help acquiring a bin.

Fines
Recycling is mandatory in Philadelphia and residents who do not participate can be subjected to fines. City SWEEP officers occasionally do inspections and can levy $25 fines to residents who are found with recyclables in their trash.

Philadelphia Recycling Rewards

As of July 1, 2010, the Philadelphia Recycling Rewards program is citywide. The Recycling Rewards program provides residents who recycle with coupons or discounts to stores, restaurants and local attractions. Residents can register for the free program here. The more you and your neighbors recycle, the more points we all earn!

Litter Information

Litter has many negative impacts on our community. Litter clogs up our storm drains, worsening the flooding problem in the neighborhood. The presence of litter on streets reduces property values. Like graffiti and broken windows, it also sends the signal that our neighborhood is unsafe- inviting drug dealers and other criminals into the area.

How can you help fight litter?

1) Clean up your street – Make an effort to pick up trash in front of and around your property. Set an example for your neighbors and encourage them to sweep their property too. Teach your kids not to litter.

2) Put a No-Circular sticker on your property. One of the major sources of litter is restaurant flyers and other circulars. By putting up a sticker, you can cut down on the chances of those flyers becoming street litter. To get a sticker, email trash@passyunk.org, or ask for one at our monthly general membership meetings.

3) Donate to the Passyunk Square Civic Association to help us pay for anti-litter efforts, including paying for professional street cleaning.

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