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Philadelphia’s 1995 Litter – Creek Trash Mistaken Impression and Today’s Street Litter

Philadelphia, as part of Appendix C of the PaDEP-Philadelphia 6/1/11 Consent Order and Agreement (COA), is required to continue implementing EPA’s Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Nine Minimum Controls (NMC) (link), including NMC #7 Pollution Prevention Programs to Reduce Contaminants in CSOs.

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EPA’s 1995 CSO NMC Guidance document (Chapter 8) outlines 10 nonstructural options that EPA encouraged CSO cities to consider in addressing solids and floatables pollution prevention. These 10 NMC #7 techniques are:

  • Street Cleaning (more frequent in high litter areas)
  • Public Education Programs
  • Solid Waste Collection and Recycling (including trash receptacles, more frequent pick-ups in litter problem areas)
  • Product Ban/ Substitution (fast food packaging)
  • Control of Product Use
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Bulk Refuse Disposal
  • Hazardous Waste Collection
  • Water Conservation
  • Commercial/ Industrial Pollution Prevention

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