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Message from the Streets Department

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many residents to spend much more time at home, generating an excessive amount of trash. Industry reports note residential trash increases by more than 25 percent nationally, including Philadelphia. Excessive trash tonnage has caused delays across the City with curbside collection service. Delays can create litter conditions, cause horrible odors and attract insects and pests.

The Streets Department continues to make progress with reducing trash collection delays and returning to a normal collection schedule. But we all have a role to play to help curb the amount of trash set out for collection during these unprecedented times. The Department offers residents some simple tips that will go a long way to help reduce collection delays and improve litter conditions. Residents can download a one-page sheet that list tips on ways to curb their waste to support our workers and City.

We hope residents will use this great tool and share with their neighbors.

1) Reduce food waste by using garbage disposals, consider composting, or freeze food waste until your collection day to eliminate odors and pest.  Did you know composting can cut your trash by 1/3! Learn more at www.CleanPHL.org/composting.

2) Stay within the collection setout limits for trash collection. The setout regulations are 8 bags, or 4 containers per household.

3) Check the weight of the trash bags. Each bag should not exceed 40lbs. Overweight trash bags can cause injury to sanitation workers, break open and cause litter conditions and cause trash collection delays.

4) Hold off on DIY projects that increase curbside tonnage. Reduce excessive construction debris, wood or furniture that increase tonnage the exceed set out limits.

5) Limit Bulk Waste to 2 Items per household only. No white metals, electronic waste such as computers or televisions, No hazardous materials. Help protect our sanitation workers.

6) Set Out Trash Properly. Make sure all trash is placed in sturdy bags. Cover containers with lids. Turn handles toward the street. Eliminate excess water weight in cans by drilling drainage holes a couple of inches from the bottom.

Recycle Right – Only glass, mixed paper, cardboard, metal cans, cartons and plastic bottles & containers.  NO yard waste, plastic bags, Styrofoam, electronics, and trash in recycling bins.

7) Drop-off trash, recycling, yard waste, electronics, and other materials at Sanitation Convenience Centers located throughout the City.  Sanitation Convenience Centers are now open 7 days a week from 6AM to 8PM.

8) Place trash in front of your own property no earlier than 7PM before the regularly scheduled collection day. Do not place bags on corners, near litter baskets or vacant lots. This is illegal dumping. Immediately report illegal dumping to 311.

9) Listen for Streets Department announcements regarding trash and recycling collection updates. Report collection delays of more than a week to 311.

10) Thank our sanitation workers for their hard work and service they are providing during these challenging times. A thank you goes a long way to show your support and appreciation.

These tips can help protect the health & safety of our workers, improving Streets Department collection service, reducing litter and help in keeping the City clean. Each day, our sanitation workers are on the frontlines serving our community during this pandemic. We’re all adjusting and responding to unprecedented change.  Regular trash pickup is resuming, keep recycling, schedules will normalize.

The Streets Department thanks the residents in the City of Philadelphia for their patience, support and cooperation during these unprecedented times. Learn more at www.philadelphiastreets.com

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2020 FLU

2020 FLU

People always say what’s good for me is good for you,
But that’s not always true.
Because what’s good for me may not be good for you.
Let’s talk about this thing they call the flu,
it’s not good for me and it’s not good for you.
It keeps people out of work, and children out of school.
So don’t run around thinking that you’re cool,
That you will not be able to catch this thing they call the 2020 flu.
It won’t be good for me, and it won’t be good for you.

BY LENNY JAYNES

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American Heart Month

ShopRite Celebrates American Heart Month with Tips and Recipes from Registered Dietitians

In celebration of American Heart Month, ShopRite’s Registered Dietitians are helping customers learn about heart-healthy foods and recipes, and continuing to offer free comprehensive nutrition services like one-on-one counseling, grocery story tours and product samplings. Plus, during the month of February, customers can download a recipe book filled with meal ideas that can easily fit into a heart-healthy diet at https://shoprite.com/mealsmadewell.

“We’re committed to letting our customers and associates know that even modest changes to diet and lifestyle can improve heart health and lower risk for heart disease,” says Natalie Menza-Crowe, RD, MS, Wakefern’s Director of Health and Wellness. “As part of our ongoing health and wellness programs, we’re excited to present a recipe book filled with meal ideas that have been chosen by our chefs and dietitians that can easily fit into a heart-healthy diet.”

Shoppers can pick up the free recipe book at the office of their local in-store ShopRite dietitian (while supplies last), or download a copy at https://shoprite.com/mealsmadewell.

Menza-Crowe says managing your diet, keeping fit, and watching your blood pressure are just a few important to-dos when it comes to taking care of your heart. Below, she shares a few other ways to be heart healthy during the month of February – and all year round.

  • Eat more ‘good’ fats. “Avocados are a great example of a heart healthy fat that can add flavor and nutrition to nearly any meal.”
  • Incorporate whole grains (and more fiber) when you can. “There’s a whole world of whole wheat breads and pastas out there. If you’re just starting to incorporate whole grains into your diet, try mixing whole wheat and regular pasta into one dish.”
  • Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. “If you don’t have time to get to the store as often as you’d like, stock up on frozen fruits and veggies, and add them as needed to meals or, for fruits, try experimenting with smoothies.”
  • Limit added sugars. “Sugar can sneak up in places you’d never suspect. Being mindful of what you’re eating and drinking, and keeping an eye on food information labels is the easiest way to stay on top of your sugar consumption.”

Have more questions about ways to keep your heart healthy? Stop in the office of your local in-store dietitian, or reach out online with a question via ShopRite’s virtual dietitian chat – available by logging into www.shoprite.com.

 

About ShopRite

ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With 279 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated nearly $50 million to food banks that support more than 2,100 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $34 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com.