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Solving Philadelphia’s Fugitive Trash Problem

Philadelphia has a serious street litter- dumping – creek trash problem that must be addressed. Philadelphia plastic bags and bottles are being carried by stormwater runoff to our local creeks, the Delaware River – Bay and eventually to the Atlantic Ocean.

Fugitive Trash

We expect our trash to be properly handled, so we can label improperly handled trash as “fugitive trash” because it is trash that escaped our proper trash handling system. We have 3 main sources of fugitive trash:

  • Pedestrian and Vehicular Litter
  • Dumping of Commercial – Construction Debris
  • Dumping of Residential Trash

Much of this improperly handled trash gets carried to our creeks-rivers-Bay-Ocean by stormwater, seriously degrading our water resources.


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