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WHAT:   Mayor Jim Kenney and the Philadelphia Streets Department will kick off Philadelphia’s 11th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup with a cleaning and press event at Ezekiel Baptist Church. 

Mayor Kenney, the Streets Department and its community partners will join residents and organizations to take part in this year’s Cleanup to keep the City of Brotherly Love green, clean and beautiful now and for future generations.

The Philly Spring Cleanup is just one step toward a cleaner and more beautiful Philadelphia. This year the kick off will also include an opportunity for residents to drop off unwanted e-waste, including computers, TV sets and more.

WHEN:   Saturday, April 14 @ 9:00 a.m.

WHERE:   Ezekiel Baptist Church, 5701 Grays Ave # 39, Philadelphia, PA 19143


WHO:   Mayor Jim Kenney

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, 3rd Council District

Commissioner Carlton Williams, Department of Streets

Jeffrey D. Knueppel, SEPTA General Manager

John Scott, Covanta

Reverend Brian King, Ezekiel Baptist Church

David Buck, Future Track Program

MORE:   Ezekiel Baptist Church in Southwest Philadelphia has been selected for the kick-off event as it is located along the regional rail lines that are often the location of, and impacted by, illegal dumping – both short and residential.

Additional active organizations that are involved and will be showcasing their ongoing commitment, include: Southwest CDC, ACANA, LIMAP, MSW Consultants, ACV Enviro, Big Belly, Republic Services, ReCommunity, Eforce Recycling, Waste Management, SWEEP, Mural Arts and more. Additionally, on April 14, Covanta, will be open to receiving residents’ electronic waste (e-waste) and bulk drop off until 4 p.m. at 2209 S. 58th Street in Philadelphia.

The EPA states that electronic e-waste is the source of 70% of heavy metals in landfills. These toxic compounds, including mercury and lead, are an ongoing risk to land and water, as well as pose major security risks due to the proprietary and confidential data they may contain. Examples of electronic materials that can be dropped off include:

Audio and video equipment, such as cameras, VCR/DVD players, speakers and projectors
Diagnostic/sensing/control equipment
Electronic toys and games
Computer equipment, including CDs/DVDs, printers, peripherals, mice and keyboards
Televisions, monitors and display devices
Personal devices, such as cell phones and cassette players
Office equipment, including typewriters, copiers, calculators and answering machines
Home environment appliances

Previous Cleanup results include:

·       In the last decade, more than 11 million pounds of trash have been removed from the city and more than 600,000 pounds recycled

·       In the last 10 years, Philly Spring Cleanup has attracted more than 150,000 volunteers

·       The 10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup delivered 825 official project sites, and the initiative in total delivered nearly 4,700

·       Helpful hotlines: Streets Department’s Customer Affairs Unit @ 215.686.5560 and 3-1-1