Thanks, pigs. We can’t have anything nice

UPDATE: Some of the trash cans have been returned, thankfully.

We all know that one of the things holding back the neighborhood from being one of the city’s best is the litter. And if you don’t agree, you’re in denial. So, that’s why this story from the Daily Newsis particularly irritating.

By the fountain. Jerks.

The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation dramatically helped the cleanliness of the neighborhood when it started street cleaning and it recently put out extra wire cans as the next step. But now, one-by-one, the cans are being removed because they’re overflowing with household trash and causing as much litter as they’re taking in.

After the city did away with wire trash bins and replaced them with Big Belly compactors on Passyunk Avenue, Samuel Sherman, PARC’s executive director, bought 30 of the banished baskets to install in the area. “There was a certain faction of the neighborhood that said, ‘You’re gonna live to regret this,’ ” Sherman said.

Aside from being costly to maintain, and despite overwhelming demand from neighbors all over Philadelphia, Streets Department officials have said wastebaskets in residential areas seem to create litter problems and exacerbate existing issues.

Sure enough, East Passyunk neighbors gradually began dumping bags of household garbage into and next to the bins, and eventually two members of Sherman’s five-person cleaning crew spent most of their workweek hauling trash and replacing the can liners.

“It got so ridiculous that someone balanced a sofa on one of the cans,” Sherman said. He estimated the cost of labor, maintaining the trash bins and replacing the liners to be $30,000 per year.

The Streets Department is supposedly going to monitor the remaining cans and issue tickets if they can determine who is dumping the trash, but we don’t have a lot of faith in that effort. Someone, please tell us, why are people so disgusting? What can we do about this?

9 thoughts on “Thanks, pigs. We can’t have anything nice

  • August 13, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Money better spent would be to hire people to make the rounds sweeping and cleaning and whatnot with the ability to issue tickets to litterbugs when they are caught in the act.

  • August 14, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Hopefully, the city SWEEP program will do what they say they’ll do and monitor the cans. It won’t take long for them to catch someone in the act.

  • August 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    People complained about the trash can at 13th and Tasker to PARC and it was removed (it was constantly overflowing with large household trash bags). Following the removal of the trash can, the next trash pick-up day in the area was more plentiful than in trash days past. Which shows that it is the homes nearby that can’t be bothered to wait for trash day.

    In conversations and articles I have read it seems apartment dwellers (there is an apartment at 13th and Tasker) are stuck with stinky trash and feel it is perfectly acceptable to throw it out in public places. This attitude is not only wrong but selfish.

  • August 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Are apartment buildings in Philly required to provide a place for trash? It does seem kind of wrong to make people live with trash in their apartment if there is no where to put it.

  • August 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I am sure a landlord has a zoning requirements. But regardless of whether one is leasing from a less than good landlord, this does not give the leasor allowances to use public property as their personal trash can.

  • August 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Seems like a simple supply and demand problem. So it costs more time and money to pickup trash… isn’t that better than having trash strewn all about?

  • August 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    “Seem”, being the operative word. It’s more a “If you build it, they will come.” And more likely they will abuse it. The trash is strewn about BECAUSE the trash bins are overflowing with household trash. The bins are used and abused and they end up causing the trouble they were intented to curttail. Those that litter, are going to litter regardless of whether a trash bin is a block away.

  • August 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    What we’d like to know is what did the people throwing out household trash do before the cans got there? Were their kitchens filled with rotten chicken carcasses and Acme bags bulging with personal mail?

  • August 22, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I vaguely remember there is some sort of ordinance by which landlords must provide a place for tenants to dump their trash. Like within a mile and a half or a block and a half or some random distance. The distance is unimportant because somehow or other, every landlord I’ve ever had has figured out a way to ignore the ordinance! And yes, keeping trash in your apartment all week is hideous–especially in a city as cockroach-infested as ours.

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