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Streets Department’s 2016 Yard Waste Recycling Program

Streets Commissioner Donald D. Carlton announced today that the Streets Department will host the 2016 Yard Waste Recycling Program by offering 23 citywide locations for residents to drop-off their yard waste. Residents may drop off their materials to be recycled on two Saturdays, April 16 and April 30 during the hours of 9 am to 3 pm. This special service is being provided as an environmentally safe alternative for the disposal of yard waste.  The drop off location in Frankford is at Castor Avenue and Foulkrod Street.

Philadelphia residents may drop off brush cuttings, tree limbs, leaves and other similar material for recycling no more than 4 feet in length and no more than 8 inches in diameter.

  • Yard waste brought to the sites for recycling should be untied.
  • Yard waste will only be accepted in biodegradable paper bags.  These bags can be processed for recycling along with the yard waste. This reduces contamination in the recycling process.

Yard waste is also accepted at the Streets Department’s six (6) Sanitation Convenience Centers throughout the year. Materials must be in biodegradable bags or bundled. The centers are open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm, except holidays. Residents wishing to use the Sanitation Convenience Centers must show proof of Philadelphia residency as the centers are for City residents’ use only. Yard waste set out for collection will be picked up with rubbish.

As always, there is no charge to drop-off materials. No waste materials generated by businesses or non-Philadelphia residents will be accepted. Vendors are responsible for making arrangements for the private disposal of their yard waste.

Citizens who require additional information regarding the disposal of yard waste or any other Streets Department service may contact the Customer Affairs Unit at (215) 686-5560 or visit us online at .  For all other City services, contact 3-1-1.



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Frankford Cleans Up

The third annual Philly Spring Cleanup got off and running today with a burst of activity here in Frankford.  It was a beautiful day for sweeping and weeding or in our case videoing those folks in the community who were doing those things.  It was hard to drive a block without stumbling over one group or another who was hard at work.

In case you have not heard, the city has decided to ask people to stop littering.  That is an original and long overdue idea whose time may have just about come.

The Philadelphia Streets Department is proud to announce UnLitter Us, the first sustained public service campaign to rid our City of litter once and for all. The same litter that blights neighborhoods, hurts business, and keeps people down. We won’t put up with it any more. Philadelphia deserves better, and the Streets Department stands firm in its commitment to attack litter on every front.

Yes for some folks it does not come as second nature to be clean as is evidenced by the state of the streets and lots in the city.  So this would be an educational campaign which just might have an effect.

Below, a short tour of the cleanup here and our thanks to all the volunteers from the various groups who made a big difference today.