Trash: it’s a problem we’re constantly talking about. There have been plenty of conversations about a street cleaning program for the city lately, but we don’t know if that will ever become a reality. So what can be done to help fix this problem? For one thing, events like the Philly Spring Cleanup help, but other initiatives need to be put in place to make a change.
That’s where a new Point Breeze litter cleaning program comes into play. Starting in May, Point Breeze hopes to bring on the Ready, Willing & Able team to clean a pilot area of the neighborhood. In order to make this a reality, they’re continuing to raise money to meet a $5,000 goal by the end of this month. That $5,000 will then be matched by the Point Breeze Community Development Corporation.
This program would bring a crew to clean-up trash once a week in the area between 19th and 24th Streets, from Alter to Federal Streets, along with the corner of Oakford Street and Point Breeze Avenue. The day being chosen for this weekly cleanup is Wednesday, so any litter that didn’t make it into the city’s trash pickup can be more effectively cleaned.
The annual cost for this program would be $6,520.98, not including larger cleanup projects like weeding, lot cleaning and snow removal in winter.
Ready, Willing & Able, the organization that would be facilitating the cleanups, is meant to provide support to homeless and previously incarcerated individuals through job training and opportunities. These individuals would be outfitted in blue uniforms while working in the area. The Streets Departments assists with the disposal of the garbage collected by the crew.
To make this a reality, fundraising efforts are underway. They’re currently about halfway to their goal and are still looking for contributions. If you’re interested in making this program a reality, you can make a donation through Paypal. If that goal is met, the program will begin in May. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.