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Overview

The Vision for a Cleaner City 

Making zero happen. It might not sound like much, but it means everything. The City has a bold goal of becoming 90% zero waste and litter-free by 2035. And we can’t get there without your help. It starts with knowing the recycling Ins and Outs. It means reusing more and wasting less. It starts with one. One person setting the example. One business making sustainable choices. One City coming together to make zero happen.

The Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet

The Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet is an interdepartmental effort to continually reduce the waste entering landfills or conventional incinerators, combat litter, and enhance the cleanliness of streets and public spaces. Composed of major City departments and agencies, City Council representatives, community stakeholders, and chaired by the Managing Director’s Office, the Cabinet will create subcommittees focusing on five target areas to make Philadelphia a less littered, zero waste City.

  1. Data Subcommittee
    The Data Subcommittee will use collaborative and innovative data management processes and tools to collect and analyze existing waste data from each department represented in the Cabinet and Working Group. This group will also assist with the development of a revamped litter index, building off of the Streets Department’s current litter index.
     
  2. Engagement and Communications Subcommittee
    The Community Engagement Subcommittee will develop strategies to engage City departments, residents, businesses, and other stakeholders to better understand litter and waste challenges by using clear and unified messaging that’s informed by more sophisticated data, improved collaboration between City departments, and increased outreach to City residents.
     
  3. Waste Reduction Subcommittee
    The Waste Reduction Subcommittee will work with City departments and the commercial and residential communities of Philadelphia to better understand the overall diversion rates of the City and develop strategies for further reduction of the waste stream. This subcommittee will help to support the current waste reduction efforts of the departments and community stakeholders as well as aid in the creation and coordination of new strategies across stakeholder groups.
     
  4. Enforcement/Cleaner Public Spaces Subcommittee
    The Enforcement/Cleaner Public Spaces Subcommittee will work to audit the current enforcement, fines, and penalties of littering and dumping to better understand what enforcement most effectively addresses litter and how to best coordinate enforcement efforts. This subcommittee will also use data collected from the Data Subcommittee to determine the best strategies for waste management and waste collection.
     
  5. Behavioral Science Subcommittee
    The Behavioral Science Subcommittee will work with outside experts to develop and execute behavioral studies that analyze the individual habits and neighborhood conditions that lead to more and less littered areas with a goal of informing public messaging and initial neighborhood strategies to reduce litter and raise awareness of waste collection systems. 

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