Philadelphians Hope to Clean Up Town by 2035

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Litter is a major problem for any large city, but Philadelphia is unveiling plans to finally do something about it in a substantial way.

According to CBS Philly, Mayor Jim Kenney has devised a plan to tackle the city’s litter problem, hoping to lower the cost of garbage collection and landfill space needed to handle the city’s vast volume of trash.

Despite producing an estimated 1.5 million tons of waste per year, Mayor Kenney’s plan hopes to reduce both the litter and waste of Philadelphia’s citizens to zero by the year 2035. In order to accomplish this, the mayor plans to enlist representatives from several city departments to act as a Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet. They will use research and experimentation to determine the best changes to make in both behavior and policy going forward in order to more effectively reduce and recycle the city’s trash, rather than simply focusing on more trash and litter cleanup in the streets.

“As a city we spend tens of millions of dollars each year, cleaning up short-dumping and litter,” the mayor said. “If we are to become a greener, more beautiful city, we must dispose of less trash. We must recycle and reuse more, and we must embrace new approaches to this long-running issue.”

Nic Esposito, director of the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, has already begun developing 31 steps to reduce Philadelphia’s litter. For criteria for these methods, he explained that many different ideas and theories were tested, all needing to pass three simple questions: Can we do it? Will it work? And is it worth it?

While these steps have yet to be put into action, residents should expect to hear about new policies and changes to existing garbage and recycling collection to facilitate a greener and more sustainable plan for the city going forward.