We are so excited to hear that the City of Philadelphia is going to conduct a pilot of expanded residential sanitation pick up times.

Since November of 2017, when Emily Fredricks was killed by the driver of a private sanitation truck early on a weekday morning, we have been working along with the Families for Safe Streets Greater Philadelphia to see a set of improvements including expanded sanitation pick up times.

A joint statement released by the Department of Streets and the office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability this week reads:

In an effort to improve mobility and traffic congestion, the City will be conducting a six-month pilot beginning Monday, September 26, to expand residential trash and recycling collection hours within the boundaries of Vine to Bainbridge Streets, from the Delaware to Schuylkill Rivers, to limit the operation of municipal sanitation trucks during the more congested times of the travel.

We look forward to seeing the results of the pilot. If you have any questions please reach out to oTIS, otis@phila.gov for additional information and questions. All City services can be reported to 311.

Residents that live within this boundary and receive City trash and recycling collection services must set out their materials for pickup at their regularly scheduled collection site no earlier than 7pm the night before collection day and no later than 6am the day of collection. Trash and recycling collections will remain collected on the same day.

Expanding sanitation pick up hours aims to:

  • Reduce the number of vehicles on city streets during the hours of highest pedestrian, cyclist, transit, and automobile volumes
  • Improve congestion
  • Bring corresponding benefits to safety, air quality, and government efficiency
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