It’s seemingly impossible to walk anywhere in Philly without coming across some trash piling on the sidewalks, streets, lots and gutters. Trash disposal and cleanups are often expressed as major concerns in most neighborhoods, with a severe lack of trash cans available on most streets throughout the city.
Two new bills, being introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, could help with the city’s trash problems. These bills would require food businesses and landlords of residential properties to provide more trash can and recycling options.
More on the bills from the Daily News:
The first bill would require that trash cans and recycling bins be placed in or within 10 feet of the entrance of any business that sells “prepared or prepackaged food for takeout or consumption off the premises.”
The second bill pertains to owners of buildings with six or more apartment units. Landlords would be required to have dumpsters and recycling bins in common areas to alleviate the need for their tenants to keep trash in their homes all week or illegally dump it prior to trash pickup day.
The purpose of these bills is to help make the city more attractive. Let’s face it, no one wants to see trash littered on our streets.
The hearing dates for the bills have yet to be set. According to the Daily News, the councilwoman also noted that once the bills become law, she would like to work to create companion legislation that would enforce a system to fine those who fail to provide the proper methods of disposal at their business or residency.
Do you think these bills would help keep our streets cleaner?