Nov 5, 2021 - News
Tracking Philadelphia's trash collection
Data: Philadelphia Office of the Controller; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

A new report has confirmed what we've all known: Trash collection rates plummeted during the pandemic.

State of play: Philadelphia's on-time trash collection rate was 53% during fiscal year 2021, according to a report from City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart on Thursday.

  • That's a significant drop from an 82% average rate in the three years leading up to the pandemic.
  • And curbside garbage tonnage spiked 21% during the 2021 fiscal year compared to the previous year, per the report.

Top takeaway: "One point is clear: trash collection, one of the core services of city government, is not equal in Philadelphia," Rhynhart wrote in her report.

  • Lower Northeast Philadelphia had one of the lowest on-time collection rates in 2021, at 31%.
  • Only Center City, Northern Liberties, Fishtown and Kensington averaged on-time collection rates above 70% in 2021.

Go deeper: Explore the data around each sanitation district in Rhynhart's full report.

Data: Philadelphia Office of the Controller; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios
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