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Every Place

When you're out and about, you can still recycle and dispose of trash properly. There are BigBellies and wire baskets everywhere. Hold on to what you have until you see one, or until you get home.

Even at huge events where enthusiastic crowds tend to produce a lot of waste – such as parades, races or concerts – you can help keep the City beautiful. Join the Waste Watchers, a group of volunteers who help separate trash, recycling, and compost into the right containers, while also educating others about recycling and composting.

These are just a few ways to join the movement for a litter free Philly. The City of Philadelphia and the Streets Department provide residents with a number of resources to help create clean blocks and an outlet for taking a stand against litter.

Public Space Recycling

Big Belly Program

One goal. Many hands. The BigBelly™ program and you are helping us become America's Greenest City!

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Event Recycling

Recycling at Philadelphia Marathon: The four-day race weekend included nearly 25,000 finishers, 60,000 spectators, and 3,300 volunteers. More than 88 percent of the 28 tons of waste generated were recycled, composted, or donated. An application for certification by the Council for Competitive Sport (think LEED for sporting events) is pending.

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Recycling in City Buildings

Just like businesses and institutions, City buildings and municipal agencies in privately leased space are required by City ordinance to recycle. Recycling conserves energy and natural resources, reduces pollution, and lowers the City’s waste disposal costs. 


Toolkit for Recycling in City Buildings and Agencies

City Agency Recycling Bin Sticker

City Agency Recycling Poster

Pick It Up, Philly

Cleaner streets are safer streets, and there are real Philadelphians making the effort to clean and improve their neighborhoods and build stronger communities every day. It’s time to celebrate the movement for a litter-free Philadelphia.

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