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Learn about the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC), and what they are doing to keep our streets clean and safe.

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Philadelphia is working tirelessly to make our City less littered and more sustainable. With weekly curbside pickups, a City-wide focus on recycling, six local Sanitation Convenience Centers, thousands of City-organized weekly neighborhood cleanups every year, and more and more dedicated Philadelphians taking pride in their communities, we’re well on our way to making zero happen.

But we can’t get there without you. Whether you’re a resident, small business or neighborhood school, you can take part in helping Philadelphia solve its litter problem and cut down on waste. Do your part. Be the one to make zero happen.

Hers's How You Can Help

  • Become a Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) Block Captain. PMBC oversees a network of 6,500 Block Captains who positively impact their communities on a daily basis. Call 215-685-3981 to get involved.
  • Take part in the annual Philly Spring Cleanup. Project registration and volunteer opportunities open ONLINE HERE in early February.
  • Set out your household trash and recycling the right way, each and every week. Learn More
  • Do NOT illegally dump bulk trash. Take your items to one of our six Sanitation Convenience Centers. Our newest location, serving West Philadelphia, is located at 5100 Grays Avenue. All locations are open Monday through Saturday between 8am and 6pm (except on City holidays), and accept a wide range of materials not collected curbside.
  • Call 311 to report illegal bandit signs placed on street poles or trees in your neighborhood.
  • Do NOT litter. Hold on to your trash and recycling materials until you reach a receptacle. For your convenience, hundreds of BigBellyTM solar-powered trash and recycling compactors are located throughout the City.
  • Do NOT put plastic bags in your recycling bin. Plastic bags are not accepted in the curbside recycling program because they damage machinery and endanger sanitation and recycling plant workers. To safely recycle plastic bags, bring them to specially-marked recycling bins at the front of most supermarkets, large grocery stores, and big box stores (like Walmart). FIND A STORE NEAR YOU
  • Make sure your recycling bin ONLY includes acceptable materials, such as clean, empty containers and packages.
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste safely and properly at one of our many drop-off events throughout the year. For more information, a full materials list and a calendar of drop-off events, CLICK HERE or call the Streets Department’s Customer Affairs Unit at 215-686-5560.
  • Join one of the over 9,000 PMBC block cleanups held each year in early April, or organize your own regular cleanups to connect with your neighbors, instill block pride in your children, and improve the overall quality of life in your neighborhood. GET INVOLVED