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Residents cannot place trash in business cans

Here’s a new wrinkle on the city’s seem­ingly un­dy­ing trash and lit­ter prob­lem, and the odd thing about it is that it’s about ac­tu­ally put­ting out the trash.

It’s not about set­ting out trash the wrong way — mix­ing trash and re­cyc­lables. There’s noth­ing new about that. It is a little bit about put­ting out re­fuse at the wrong time, as in too early, but there’s noth­ing new about that either.

On the 10-block stretch of the Frank­ford Av­en­ue busi­ness cor­ridor in Frank­ford, it’s about put­ting house­hold trash in the wire re­cept­acles the city wants used for street lit­ter, and only for street lit­ter.

The city’s SWEEP cops see house­hold trash in those single-pur­pose re­cept­acles and they start writ­ing cita­tions — to the busi­nesses they’re in­ten­ded to serve, said As­sist­ant Man­aging Dir­ect­or San­ya Brown, Frank­ford co­ordin­at­or for the Phil­lyR­ising pro­gram. 

So what’s house­hold trash do­ing on the Av­en­ue any­way?

That’s eas­ily ex­plained. There are more than 100 house­holds above the stores from the 4200 block up to the 5200 block, ac­cord­ing to Kim­berly Wash­ing­ton, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Frank­ford Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion. Some of those res­id­ents don’t put their trash out in their own trash cans, but in­stead use the wire bas­kets in­ten­ded for lit­ter. Those bas­kets of­ten are filled to over­flow­ing, and that’s when the city’s SWEEP cops start writ­ing tick­ets to the busi­nesses.

That’s the prob­lem. Wash­ing­ton’s idea is that Av­en­ue res­id­ents wouldn’t use the wire lit­ter bas­kets if they had their own trash cans, and they’d be like­li­er to have those cans if they got them for noth­ing. 

That’s where Phil­lyR­ising steps in, Brown said.

The city’s neigh­bor­hood en­gage­ment pro­gram ar­ranged for grant money to pay for 50 34-gal­lon trash cans, which will be giv­en out to the first 50 Av­en­ue res­id­ents who are eli­gible and who come to a work­shop at Sankofa Free­dom Academy, 4290 Penn St., from noon to 2 p.m. on April 19, she said. Those same res­id­ents also will get 20-gal­lon re­cyc­ling bins.

“By provid­ing res­id­ents with free lit­ter-re­duc­tion edu­ca­tion and re­cept­acles, we not only ful­fill our ob­lig­a­tion to edu­cate res­id­ents about the city’s trash-col­lec­tion policies and reg­u­la­tions, but we provide them with the means to com­ply,” Wash­ing­ton said.

Wash­ing­ton is send­ing out let­ters about the free cans to eli­gible res­id­ents — those who qual­i­fy for city trash col­lec­tion and are cur­rent on any col­lec­tion fees. 

She’s also send­ing out let­ters to those who aren’t cur­rent to en­cour­age them to pay up, Brown said. Those who re­ceive the let­ters and are eli­gible or be­come eli­gible will be able to ap­ply for the pro­gram. 

To par­ti­cip­ate, con­tact Christine Deje­sus at cdeje­sus@im­pact­ser­vices.org or call 215-743-6581.••

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