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?