Keep Philadelphia Beautiful

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful was thrilled to win a Keep America Beautiful and Waste Management Think Green Grant this past summer. Keep Philadelphia Beautiful used the grant to establish a community composting program in the Haddington section of West Philadelphia with The Urban Tree Connection and Bennett Compost. And we couldn’t be more pleased to update you on our progress over the last few months!

We currently have 25 households enrolled in the pilot program, which involves weekly pickup of compostables from neighborhood youth, and is a part of a larger health and wellness initiative being spearheaded by the Urban Tree Connection. We have also used our community composting program as an educational tool throughout the community about sustainable waste disposal and waste reduction.

As we enter 2014, our goal  is to continue to expand the program and ensure that we keep it going in the years to come.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as our pilot program progresses – and in the meantime, we hope you enjoy these great pictures: We believe they tell a story – from home to farm to compost!

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Philadelphia, PA

Here in Philadelphia, we threw quite an America Recycles Day party!

We partnered with Recyclebank and the City’s Streets Department to fill a major downtown park with recycling facts and resources, as well as representatives from twelve local organizations focused on recycling and reuse. Our Streets Department Commissioner kicked off the day by officially declaring it to be America Recycles Day in the City of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s recycling program has made major progress over the last several years, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to celebrate it and spread the word about how to properly recycle in the City and why it’s so important to do so.

Check out some of our favorite pictures from the day here:

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful Cleanup Season

We’ve had quite a cleanup season here at Keep Philadelphia Beautiful – and loved every minute of it. So let’s recap, shall we?

We started off in the great Northeast section of the City – where we partnered with Clear Channel, Radio 104.5, and the Tookany-Tacony/Frankford Watershed Partnership to hold a cleanup of Tacony Creek Park. We hosted 35 volunteers, and picked up more than 60 bags of trash and recyclables!  Check out the great video of the day, courtesy of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful Board member Loraine Ballard Morrill.

We also held a two-day community cleanup in the Olney section of the City with the North 5th Street Revitalization Project and TD Bank on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12. With the help of 35 volunteers, we collected 60 contractor bags of litter, removed 350 bandit signs, submitted 30 requests to the City of Philadelphia’s 3-1-1 non-emergency reporting system, and distributed 855 informational brochures encouraging residents and businesses to keep the North 5th Street commercial corridor clean. See our pictures here and here!

On Sept. 28, we partnered with Resources for Human Development’s Equal Dollars Community Currency program and a number of community organizations on a cleanup throughout the Kensington neighborhood. Thirty-three amazing volunteers picked up 36 bags of trash – and we conducted a great composting workshop at La Finquita, an urban farm located in South Kensington. Check out pix here.

And we’re not done yet: we’ve got one last cleanup for the season coming up in a couple of weeks in the Fairmount neighborhood!

Thanks to all of our amazing volunteers and partners – we could not have done this without you!