Mar 29, 2024 - News

Expanded Philadelphia street sweeping program returns

Illustration of a pattern of trash cans.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Philly's street sweeping program resumes Monday with a larger footprint.

Why it matters: Mayor Cherelle Parker has pledged to "banish the phrase 'Filthadelphia' once and for all" by turning Philadelphia into one of the "safest, cleanest and greenest" big cities in the U.S.

Zoom in: The city is targeting neighborhoods with the highest concentration of litter.

  • The program — first piloted in six neighborhoods in 2019 — now serves 14.
  • The city is expanding the program's size in half of the neighborhoods served, including Frankford, Logan and Strawberry Mansion.

How it works: Street cleaning will take place between 9am-3pm Monday through Thursday, but not on city holidays.

  • Crews will use gas-powered leaf blowers to remove debris, together with mechanical brooms that sweep streets from curb to curb.

What's next: The city has installed signs warning drivers to move their vehicles in the affected areas but won't begin ticketing violators until April 29, per a press release.

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