Zero Starts with One: You

How to Get Involved

Do you want to see your neighborhood cleaner? Do you want to find ways to help reduce the waste you create? Here are some of the ways you can get started:

  • Search the Litter Index and find resources available on your block. The Litter Index is a detailed, indexed map of litter conditions throughout Philadelphia. Enter your address in the Litter Index search bar, and you’ll see your block and neighborhood litter scores and an information box that lists all of the resources available on your block. These resources will help you clean up your block and make sure it stays that way.
  • Spread the word. On this website, you’ll find spotlights of community members and programs that are fighting the good fight against waste and litter.
  • Become a Philacycler. Philacycle is an innovative program that allows Philadelphia residents to help out the community and to earn all sorts of great rewards when they do. From eliminating litter on our streets to learning more about sustainable living online to volunteering at a variety of local events, Philacycle rewards you for taking Zero Waste actions and engaging your friends, family, and neighbors to help make the positive impact we’d all like to see in our city. Learn more at
  • Say no to plastic bags. Plastic bags are not recyclable through the City’s curbside recycling program and take hundreds of years to break down in landfills. Over 900 million plastic bags are used in Philadelphia every year, creating immense amounts of waste and posing a major litter issue in our city. Bringing reusable bags to the store instead of using single-use plastic ones allows you to reduce plastic bag waste while also preventing litter.
  • Read or re-read the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet Action Plan. Read the full Action Plan to learn more about the Cabinet’s litter enforcement and Zero Waste strategies.
  • Stay updated. Join our email list to stay up-to-date on all things Zero Waste and litter in Philadelphia.

A Zero Waste and litter-free city starts with one person, one community, one business, and one city coming together to create a clean and green Philadelphia now and for future generations. Thank you for joining us in this important work!

One of the most important thing you can do is share how you’re reducing waste with your friends and neighbors. Use the hashtag #CleanPHL, and if you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on twitter and facebook @CleanPHL!

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