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! Click a section to expand and learn more.

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 resources available to help you clean up your block and make sure it stays that way.

Host a clean up.

Check out our Community Cleaning and Greening FAQ for the basics on how to host a clean up in your neighborhood.

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. One of the most important things 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!

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 Philacycle.com.

Start composting.

Install a garbage disposal, learn how to set up your own backyard composting system, or have your compost picked up by a local hauler. Learn about composting in Philly.

Take Zero Waste actions.

From avoiding products with unnecessary packaging to carrying a reusable water bottle with you to donating unneeded items instead of throwing them away, there are many small actions that you can take today that lead to large reductions in waste. See our list of Zero Waste Tips.

Volunteer.

Volunteer at a clean up (view our calendar of upcoming events) or become an ambassador for Zero Waste and volunteer at a Zero Waste event (find out how at Philacycle.com).

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.

Test your recycling expertise.

Learn the ins and outs of recycling in Philadelphia and then take an online quiz to test your knowledge at RecycleByCity.com/philadelphia. (Hint: No, you can’t recycle greasy pizza boxes or plastic bags.)

Stay updated.

Join our email list to stay up-to-date on all things Zero Waste and litter in Philadelphia.

Thank you for joining us in this important work!

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