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A Look at Philadelphia’s Winter Trash Problem

When temperatures drop, the city's trash problem worsens because collections can be delayed or canceled for long periods of time due to inclement weather conditions.

Despite government programs and citywide trash cleanup days, the City of Philadelphia is struggling with a trash problem. And when temperatures drop, the problem worsens because collections can be delayed or canceled for long periods of time due to inclement weather conditions.

Newly appointed Commissioner of the Streets Department Carlton Williams says residents can do their part by waiting to put their trash outside until collections start up again or until the snow is cleared.

Billy Penn has more details:

Philadelphia has spent decades bearing the nickname “Filthadelphia.” In the winter, the city earns it.

Longtime Sharswood resident Talmadge Belo remembers when his street — the 2400 block of Sharswood — was one of the brightest and best in the city.

There’s a physical reminder, a glass plaque awarded by the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee for “cleanest block” in 1996, on a shelf in his cozy living room among family photos and piles of records. The co-president of the Sharswood/Brewerytown Community Civic Association and former Philadelphia Housing Authority and Philadelphia Schools employee has lived here for nearly 50 years with his wife, Sheila, who serves as its block captain.

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