Philadelphia’s Department of Streets is the city’s official authority on recycling, but the Upper Holmesburg Civic Association has its very own recycling expert.
Last Thursday, UHCA board member Crystal Eiswert dished out her own “green” advice during the civic group’s monthly meeting at St. Dominic’s Marian Hall.
The big news, according to Eiswert, is that the city in fact does recycle Styrofoam despite warnings from streets department officials that waste products including old foam coffee cups and packing peanuts should not be included in curbside “single-stream” recycling bins on collection days.
However, Eiswert said, all foam products can be brought to the streets department facility at State Road and Ashburner Street as part of a year-old pilot program. Acceptable foam products fall into the “No. 6” recycling category, said Eiswert, a hyper-recycler who hopes that if enough people participate in the pilot program, the city will bring foam recycling to curbside collection.
Another tip, Eiswert said, has particular importance in the autumn. Residents must use designated paper bags for disposing their fallen leaves at curbside. Leaves should not go in regular trash bags or recycling bins. Residents must purchase the large brown lawn bags. They are available for a small fee at home supply stores including Lowe’s and Home Depot.
Once filled, leaf bags should not exceed 40 pounds each, or sanitation workers may not collect them.
Meanwhile, Eiswert encouraged residents to sign up for the city’s Recycling Rewards program to earn “free stuff” in exchange for recycling. To access the program online, visit recyclingpaysphilly.com. Participants receive points depending on how much they and their neighbors recycle. The points can be exchanged for discounts at local businesses such as supermarkets or movie theaters. Points can also be exchanged for iTunes credits.
• Several residents complained of ongoing prostitution and drug activity in the neighborhood.
Ladies of the evening routinely are seen walking from the area of Frankford Avenue and Ashburner Street north to Frankford and Benson Street, said one man, who complained that he had to chase one hooker and her suspected pimp from his yard one night.
In the area of Megargee and Glenloch streets, a woman resident reported that drug dealing persists and led to a recent street-corner shooting, although nobody was wounded.
Other residents said they find discarded drug bags and needles along Frankford Avenue and adjoining streets.• The next Upper Holmesburg Civic Association meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at St. Dominic’s Marian Hall, 8532 Frankford Ave. ••EndFragment