Philadelphia has a significant litter problem (here, here) that causes problems for our streets, sidewalks, parks, creeks, as well as the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, Delaware Bay and ultimately the Atlantic Ocean.
I started documenting the creek trash problem in the Tookany-Tacony-Frankford (TTF) creek watershed in August, 2012. You can find my detailed trash photo surveys here. As I studied the problem of litter in the TTF creek, I realized 3 important things:
- Most of the problem creek trash is plastic: plastic bags, plastic food wrappers, and plastic bottles.
- Stormwater carries street litter to our creeks – rivers either through storm sewers or overland where it is either deposited on the banks as flows subside or is carried further downstream,
- Much of the North Atlantic gyre plastic accumulation starts as street litter, some of it from Philadelphia. Click this image to see Dr. Kara L. Law’s (Sea Education Association) Science article on the North Atlantic plastic accumulation.
This blog is dedicated to understanding and solving Philadelphia’s stormwater plastic litter problem to protect our local creeks, Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean.