Released in January 2019, the City’s of Philadelphia’s second pilot Neighborhood Litter Control Plan was created in partnership between Philadelphia’s Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, Streets Department, El Barrio Es Nuestro, and area CDCs and RCOs serving the Kensington section of the city. This work aligns and is coordinated with the work of the Philadelphia Resilience Project in the Kensington neighborhood. We will be taking the experience of this effort to other Philadelphia neighborhoods and continuing to work with stakeholders in Kensington on litter abatement and prevention strategies.
Needs Assessment Work & Preliminary Actions
Through the Neighborhood Litter Control Plan process, City agencies and community organizations work together to engage residents and other stakeholders in identifying the most pressing litter and illegal dumping-related issues in a neighborhood. In 2018, the Streets Department and Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet were joined by many community stakeholders at community feedback sessions, where a set of programs and initiatives were identified for the area and then implemented. Highlights include:
- The Streets Department Neighborhood Recovery Project was conducted, which includes the following activities in areas targeted through the litter index:
- Increased SWEEP ticketing for litter violations, for a total of 926 tickets between June 1 and September 1, 2018.
- Cleanup of illegal dumping on several lots for a total of 43.91 tons of debris between June 1 and September 1, 2018.
- 328 tires collected, totaling 3.12 tons
- Targeted cleaning of specific streets and alleys
- Continued maintenance of cleaned areas and continued ticketing
- El Barrio Es Nuestro
- Block-by-block plans to fill gaps in City-provided services, based on the 10-year community plan
- Work focuses on beautification and decreasing blight, engaging residents as volunteers
- Monthly community meetings
- HACE has a corridor cleaning program, which assists in the cleaning of sidewalks for two targeted commercial corridors by removing trash from the designated area, cleaning the sidewalks and out to eighteen inches into the street. These cleaning efforts have resulted in 5.56 tons of debris removal.
- Impact CDC, in partnership with the Kensington Allegheny Business Association (KABA), cleans the 3000-3500 blocks of Kensington Avenue from Tioga Street to Indiana Street and G Street to Jasper Street, Monday through Friday.
- The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) has done the following:
- Deployed 30 visible bike patrols in the area, which has already had an impact on the opioid epidemic
- Provided 6 dedicated officers to monitoring the district
- Homeless and transient population monitoring
- Mapping encampments
- PPD Neighborhood Services has towed 116 cars in the 24th District and has towed 79 in the 25th District. Please note that these numbers cover the entire police district, thus including areas outside the aforementioned parameters.
- Office of Homeless Services created a By List Name (BLN) of 189 individuals from two Kensington tunnels.
- SEPTA conducts “washdowns” on all stations on the Market-Frankford Line including the stations between Huntingdon and Erie-Torresdale, which are in the boundaries of this plan. As part of the Philadelphia Resilience Project, SEPTA will place hazardous waste bins in and around McPherson Square and several SEPTA stations.