While steps have been made to improve the trash problem throughout Philadelphia, there’s still so much more that needs to be done to improve the streets of our city. So what would it be like if a street sweeping program was brought back?
With a new mayor in office, some forgotten bills are moving forward, including those that will help reduce waste. Councilman Mark Squilla has his eye on the future and some bigger issues, with the hope of bringing a street-cleaning program back.
Before the street-cleaning program is even close to becoming a reality, Squilla is already expecting some outrage from South Philadelphians.
“I still think we need a street-cleaning program,” he said. “Now, my South Philly brethren will probably freak out about it. But I would be a proponent.”
The street-cleaning program wouldn’t happen for some time still, but Squilla is currently moving forward with a bill to reduce shopping bag waste by charging a five-cent fee for both paper and plastic bags.
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In June, Squilla introduced a bill that would have imposed a five-cent fee on both paper and plastic bags, but he never held a hearing.
“During the process, obviously, there’s some lobbying that goes on for the chemical companies who make the bags,” he said last week. “And we didn’t really have everything worked out to get enough support from Council and the administration to move forward.”
Squilla plans to reintroduce the bill in February.
At the recent Jim Kenney town hall meetings, the trash problem in South Philly was emphasized. While they’re hoping to add more trash cans, especially those pedal-operated BigBellys, there’s so much more that needs to be done to fix this problem. Regular clean-ups can help, but Kenney believes that the community also needs to work on cleaning the streets, since streets “don’t get dirty again from the sky.” We previously shared with you a guide with advice to help improve the trash problem on your street.