Philadelphia’s Plastic Bag Litter is Polluting Tookany – Tacony – Frankford (TTF) Creek

This pdf summarizes research into the sources and extent of TTF  Creek trash,  shows that plastic bag litter is a major problem in the Creek and shows how plastic bag street litter flows into the Philadelphia Water Department’s storm sewer system and some of it is transported to the Creek where it gets snagged on bank vegetation or woody debris.


PWD’s stormwater inlet trapping and regular cleaning represent Best Management Practice (BMP) for both combined and separate storm sewer systems. Even with PWD’s BMP stormwater practices, some plastic bag litter is getting through the trap and winding its way to PWD outfalls and TTF Creek.

Update:  Sandy Bauers has a blog post on this at her Green Space blog.

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