The city of Philadelphia has set a goal to achieve zero waste by 2035, and within the next three months, the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet will release a series of complex and data-driven plans and goals to minimize waste and litter. Some of those efforts include adding organic waste collection services, gauging the cleanliness of neighborhoods via a rated Litter Index, conducting behavioral experiments and reducing the use of single-use cups.
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Philadelphia’s reputation as “Filthadelphia” dates back further than you’d likely imagine. This wasn’t some buzzword created by a politician in the ’80s or by a snotty New Yorker in the ’70s. It’s much deeper, with use of the phrase going back at least 98 years.
In 1919, a well-known doctor complaining about street cleaning was quoted by TIME saying, “Dust is pulverized poison and we have seen in Filthadelphia too much drifting into damned differential silences.”