Recycling Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:22:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Recycle Bins With Lids Available at the Community Center – Suspended Until Yard Construction Project Is Completed Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:00:52 +0000 Recycle Bin w Lid

We’ll let you know when we have more bins as soon as we get them…

The City no longer offers free recycle bins through the NoLibs Community Center.

The small bins formerly provided by The City are just too small. Wind-blown litter from these over-stuffed containers can be seen around the neighborhood after trash pickup most weeks.

So we asked Home Depot to help us out — and they did!

The NLNA has purchased another 100 at-cost bins with lids to distribute to the neighborhood.

They’re BIGGER, BETTER and have A LID! Stop in the Community Center (700 N 3rd St), and pick one up for a $15 donation.
Hours are Mon – Fri 10am to 1pm and Wed 6 to 9pm — NLNA Community Center, 700 N. 3rd Street

Using these containers makes a difference in the amount of litter in the neighborhood.

To offset the costs and allow for the program to be self-sustaining, the NLNA asks for a small donation of $15 per bin.

What Goes in your Recycle Bin?

Recyclables needs to be rinsed free of food residue. This is because the oily residues in food interfere with the sorting machines used to separate the items.

The following is a list of acceptable material:

  • Paper — newspaper, cardboard, junk-mail, circulars, stapled or not, pizza box halves (tear away the oily half of the box)
  • Plastic (Nos. 1 through 7 *) — Rinsed milk cartons, juice containers, cleaning supply containers, lids
  • Metal — Rinsed cans, clean aluminum foil
  • Glass — Rinsed containers of any color
  • Rinsed Waxed Containers —  milk cartons, juice boxes
  • Old Cans of Acrylic Paint — Allow the paint to dry completely first.

Plastics are graded by number which can be found embossed on its bottom surface. The number is set inside the universal recycle symbol.  Plastics 1-7 can be recycled.


plastic bags


What Does Not Go In Curbside Pick-Up?

  • Plastic Bags
  • Household Hazardous Waste — like old paint cans
  • Styrofoam
  • Waxed Paper or Cups
  • Wet or food-soiled paper
  • Paper Tissues, Towels, or Napkins
  • Porcelain & Non-Container Glass
  • Light Bulbs or Tapes (VHS or Audio)
  • Electronics
  • Needles or Syringes

How do I recycle plastic bags?

  • You can bring your bags back to many area supermarkets. But a better solution is not use plastic bags in the first place – use reusable bags instead.

How do I recycle household hazardous waste?

How do I recycle Styrofoam?

  • Styrofoam is collected along with household hazardous waste.
  • Click HERE for city-wide collection schedules.
  • Styrofoam Peanuts can be recycled at the Northern Liberties Mailbox Store
    at 3rd & Fairmount.


Free Bins (Sometimes) Available at these locations (CALL FIRST!):

Northwest Drop-Off Center
Domino Lane & Umbria Street
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: 215-685-2501, ext. 02

Northeast Drop-Off Center
State Road & Ashburner Street
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: 215-685-8072, ext. 73

Southwest Drop-Off Center
3033 South 63rd Street (near Passyunk Avenue)
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: 215-685-4290, ext. 01

Circular Free Stickers Available at the Community Center

If you want to cut down on litter created by all those rain-soaked circulars you see lying around, click on the No Circular sticker below…

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2017 TreeCycling Schedule – Starts Sun, Jan 1 / Ends Sun, Jan 15 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:33:04 +0000 treecycling-2Christmas TreeCycling from January 1 through 15 at Orianna Hill Park!

Sunday, Jan 1 — Naked, De-tinsled, De-balled Christmas Trees will be accepted for drop-off in the picnic area of Orianna Hill Park at Poplar & Orianna Streets.

Folks can drop off at any time.

Saturday, Jan 7 — Trees will be chipped at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm! Bring the kids!

During chipping hours, we could use people to take donations and pull trees to the chipper. To volunteer email

Also, due to chipping noise and tree-prunning, the Dog Park will be closed that day.

Jan 8 to 15 — Trees will continue to be accepted for drop-off
at Orianna Hill Park picnic area.

Please make a donation to Orianna Hill Park or Liberty Lands
 to help fund these efforts!

Thanks for your help in reusing our trees!
Friends of Orianna Hill Park


Philadephia Circular-Free Program Wed, 18 May 2016 07:00:01 +0000  

No Circular sticker OLProperty owners in Philly that are tired of having take-out menus and ad circulars jammed into their door frames and mailboxes now have a way to stop the problem at the source!

NLNA has purchased Circular-Free Stickers, and is offering them for a donation of $1. Stop by the Community Center (700 N. 3rd Street from 10am and 1pm (6 pm to 9pm on Wednesday nights) to pick one up. There’s a short form that you need to fill out and sign that registers your house with L&I’s commercial handbill Non-Delivery list.

They actually make a difference! Vendors can be fined by L&I if they continue to deliver circulars to your door.

Here is how to to report illegal circular deliveries once you’ve applied a sticker to your door sand registered with the City:

  1. Collect the circulars and send them to the address below.
  2. Please be sure to indicate the date and time you received the material along with your address, on whatever you send. It is also very important that you make sure whatever you send, clearly shows the name and address of the business or phone number.
  3. Please do not hold onto your circulars, flyers, etc. longer than 4 weeks. They will not be processed if they are received after this date.
  4. Regarding coupon bags with store circulars inside – please do not send the contents of the bag – it is only necessary to send the bag itself. If you are able to fax or email a picture of the bag, please be sure to include the portion of the bag where it reads “Redplum”.
  5. If there is additional information you would like to inform the City of related to the delivery of the specific unwanted material, please write a short note and include it with your mailing, email or fax.
Via regular mail:
Department of Licenses and Inspections
Circular Free Property Coordinator
1401 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1180
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Via Fax: 215.686.1443


Treecycling – Sat, Jan 9 at Orianna Dog Park Thu, 15 Oct 2015 05:00:46 +0000  

Xmass Tree Color

Planning a New Year’s Resolution
of greener living? Treecycling 2016
is just around the corner…

Saturday, January 9th at Orianna Dog Park’s 3rd Street entrance (across from Liberty Lands) from 10am to 4pm

Volunteer at the neighborhood’s best smelling event by replying to

$5 donations encouraged to help offset expenses.
(Thank You!)


Please: No early drop-offs, no lights, no ornaments, NO TINSEL. (Thank You!)



Please Share – Do not use your recycle bin for plastic bags. Mon, 01 Jun 2015 06:00:57 +0000 plastic bagsPlastic bags can be recycled at most grocery stores. Please keep them out of your recycle bins.
Be a good neighbor and share this info.
Superfresh will contribute 1% of your grocery bill to NLNA — Just Sign Up! Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:40 +0000 SuperFresh wgt

Sign up below to show your support for the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association and Superfresh will donate 1% of your grocery bill to NLNA.

All you need to do is register your SuperFresh Rewards card by filling out the form below with the information used when you applied for the card. Then use your card at any SuperFresh store.

Thank You!

SuperFresh Registration Form
Verizon Yellow Pages Litter – Help rid the neighborhood of this bi-yearly trash dump… Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:00:02 +0000  

yellow pages litter

It’s that time of year when our streets get flooded with superfluous wads of paper. The city spends millions of dollars to remove the 2-3 phone books per person that are deposited on door steps all over the city. 

The NLNA has been in contact with Verizon, and they want to help cut down on unwanted books.*

Here’s what you can do…

1. Stop delivery of future directories.

Go to
We encourage you to do this! It really does just take 3 minutes.

2. Collect unwanted books and bring them to the Community Center.

Leave them by the front door, and the NLNA will arrange to have them picked up by Verizon.

Thank you, and please spread the word…

*FYI: Verizon uses recycled papers and environmentally friendly inks in the production of their books. Together with other phonebook vendors, they work to keep the “opt-out” list up to date and delivery  personel alert to customers’ needs. The quantities of books printed has been steadily decreasing, but there are still a lot of people who depend on their phone books. (My dad is one of them!) -kat.

Just another PSA from Project Clean Streets…

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Recycling in paper bags or cardboard boxes is not recognized by the Street Department… Sun, 03 Aug 2014 05:00:56 +0000  

Hey Neighbors,
The Streets Dept is cracking down on people who put their recycling out in cardboard boxes
or paper bags, and are not picking them up. These bags and boxes are being left on the curb
to fall apart.


Recycling may NOT be put out in cardboard boxes or in paper bags
as per the Streets Department.
Thank You
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Management FAIL: Overstuffed Trash Bins at Liberties Walk Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:00:11 +0000  

LibsWalk DumpstersVINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer, 215-854-2513

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014, 3:01 AM

THE RESIDENTS and neighbors of one Northern Liberties apartment complex have spent two years seeking refuge from refuse.

They say the trash bins in the parking lot of Liberties Walk at Schmidt’s – the little sister to the Piazza, on the opposite side of 2nd Street near George – are constantly overflowing with waste, including food scraps from the restaurants housed in the complex’s first floor.

The excess rubbish attracts rats, blows onto the street and into neighboring properties, and literally causes a stink, especially during the warmer months, according to Matt Ruben, president of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association.

Streets Department records show that Westminster Management, which operates Liberties Walk, has been given 15 violations for the bulging bins in the last eight months.

The fines from those citations have been paid, except for two issued last month, according to Paula Weiss, executive director of the city’s Office of Administrative Review.

But the barrage of fines hasn’t done the trick, to hear community members tell it.

“This has been a piss-poor job of management on [Westminster’s] part,” said Ruben. “They haven’t done anything to resolve this after numerous complaints. It’s appalling.”

Ruben said he has sent multiple emails to Westminster about the issue, some including photos of the incriminating garbage, to no avail.

Part of the problem, he says, is a high rate of turnover in personnel at Westminster: Ruben has dealt with at least four property managers in the two years since Westminster bought the complex from Tower Investments, the firm that built it.

Mike Davies, the current property manager, has been on the job for less than a month. He said last week – about the same time the Daily News began inquiring about the trash issue – that he was trying to “light a fire” under Republic Services, the sanitation firm that Liberties Walk uses.

“The last thing we want to do is to pay any extra money in fines,” Davies said. “Our goal is to make sure the vendor is giving us the services that we’re paying for.”

Part of the issue, Davies said, is that the trash bins are located in a public space. The building’s zoning plan includes an easement for a separate room designed to hold the bins, but they had to be moved into the building’s parking lot after the sanitation trucks had difficulty maneuvering around tenants’ cars to access the room.

That’s left the bins wide open for any passers-by looking to toss their trash, filling them faster than anticipated. Only the tenants, both residential and commercial, of Liberties Walk are allowed to use the bins, Davies said.

In the long run, Westminster hopes to install security cameras to help discourage uninvited dumpers.

Meanwhile, Davies is seeking to increase the frequency of trash pickups and is considering upgrading to larger bins.

That’s all Lara Kelly wants.

Kelly, a member of the Neighbors’ Association, lives two blocks from Liberties Walk and has fielded numerous complaints from her neighbors, including tenants inside the complex.

“I don’t know why this is so complicated: The dumpsters just need to be emptied more,” she said. “No one wants to live surrounded by overflowing dumpsters, and they shouldn’t have to.”

Big Thanks to Waterfront Square Condominiums & Spa for their Project Clean Streets Fundraiser Fri, 06 Jun 2014 05:00:12 +0000

Clen Streets WFS FundraiserMonday, July 14 from from 6:30 to 8:30pm

Frankford Hall – 1210 Frankford Ave 19125
(half a block north of Girard Ave)
Click HERE for map.


The NLNA’s street-sweeping program to get a helping hand from Waterfront Square Condominiums & Spa and Frankford Hall

Join us in an effort to alleviate trash and litter problems
in Northern Liberties.

Frankford Hall will donate $1 from each beverage ordered off of WFS’s Happy Hour Drink Menu to the NLNA’s Project Clean Streets.
Complimentary Food Will Be Served.

The focus of Project Clean Streets is to address the problem of trash and litter throughout Northern Liberties. Clean up efforts occur once a week but need community support to help fund to continue these services and keep our neighborhood clean.

Stop by! Or donate directly by choosing Support Project Clean Streets at the top of this page.


FREE Document Shredding Event – Sat May 3 Fri, 02 May 2014 04:30:32 +0000  

Shredding Event

10am – 2pm at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
(Spring Garden St & Delaware Ave)



Do you want to shred:

  • Documents, containing Social Security, credit card and bank account number?
  • Credit card applications?
  • Canceled or unused checks?
  • Insurance and income tax records?
  • Bank and credit card statements?
  • Pension information?

Do it for FREE at this event!

Limited to three bags or boxes of paper documents only (no electronics. Please remove all non-paper trash including paper clips. Staples are ok.

Brought to you by State Representative Mike O’Brien. Call 215-503-3245 with questions.

Kids’ Fall Clothing Swap, October 20th Mon, 07 Oct 2013 06:00:34 +0000  

10am to 1pm at the Northern Liberty Community Center, 700 N. 3rd Street (N. 3rd & Fairmount)

Come along and swap children’s clothes at this annual event!

We are always looking for people to help with setting up and packing up (the before and after). You can message Sue White ( to volunteer.

Here’s how it works…

  1. PLEASE NO CLOTHES IN POOR CONDITION!!  No rips / nothing torn, no stains, etc.  If you wouldn’t put them on your own kid, than it’s more than likely neither will someone else.
  2. ACCEPTABLE ITEMS (besides clothing) INCLUDE: Maternity clothing, baby blankets, crib bedding, nursing supplies, bibs, costumes, shoes, coats, etc.
  3. IF YOUR CLOTHES HAVE TAGS OR YOU HAVE NEW, IN BOX TOYS… please hold onto these and give them to Janet, Sue or Kate Hawk at the swap (bring them to the back where the office is).  These will be used in the Northern Liberties Operation Santa program. For many years, the NLNA has been providing food and toys to needy families and seniors in our community during the holiday season.
  4. NO TOYS!!! (unless new in the packaging). AND NO GEAR (this includes: strollers, car seats, pack-n-plays, boppies, high chairs, etc.)
  5. FOR THE FIRST TIME WE ARE INTRODUCING A BOOK SWAP!!  Please make sure the books have excessive writing or coloring in them, no ripped or missing pages, etc.  Extra books will be donated to Kearny School.  The book swap will be taking place outside of the community center under the tent.  Same thing applies to books as with clothes, if you were planning to trash it, that’s probably where it should go.

Any extra clothes will be donated to a few places including:

The Drueding Center/Project Rainbow

The Baby Bureau

The Covenant House

And if you have anywhere you’d like to suggest or can take clothes, please share!

E-Waste Update: More than 3000 pounds collected! Wed, 02 Oct 2013 05:30:51 +0000  

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Update 10/22/13: This year’s Annual NLNA Clean and Green event collected more than 3000 pounds of electronic waste. We were also able to collect several donations which will help with Clean and Green initiatives in our neighborhood such as Project Clean Streets. Thanks to everyone that helped, participated, and contributed.

Special thanks to Lara Kelly and Eforce. See you next year!

Saturday, October 5th, 10am – 1pm
NLNA Community Center
 (NW corner 3rd & Fairmount)

Got a bunch of old printers, and other electronics lying around, and want to dispose of them responsibly??

No worries – the NLNA’s Electronic Waste event can help!

Bring almost anything with a circuit board, or a plug, or a battery – computers, printers, fax machines, stereo equipment, small appliances…

Sorry – no TVs, Computer Screens, Batteries or Large Appliances like fridges or ovens.
However, you can take all used computers, monitors, and related hardware to:

Non-Profit Technology Resources
Stanley Pokras
1524 Brandywine ST, Phila 19130

We are asking for a small donation (if you can) to defray the cost of disposal and to go towards future Clean and Green efforts.

Questions?  Interested in helping out on the day?

Contact Rick Angeli,


Introducing: Project Clean Streets Wed, 25 Sep 2013 06:00:30 +0000

PCS DecalWith support of neighborhood businesses,
the NLNA is excited to announce
Project Clean Streets.

The focus of the project is to help alleiviate our
neighborhood litter and trash problems.

This summer, we hired a small crew to sweep designated streets and problem areas once a week. With your support we’d like to grow this service to sweep more streets more frequently.

You can contribute on-line by clicking here:

Or better yet, you can organize a regular block sweeping party! We want to help.

Contact for supplies, trash bags, and special curbside pickup
(for lot cleanups!)

What’s the big deal about clean streets?

It’s about self-respect and pride of place.

Littered streets convey an attitude of neglect. Northern Liberties has become a destination, attracting more visitors and new neighbors alike. The City has no resources for city-wide street cleaning. It’s up to us as a neighborhood to keep our sidewalks and gutters clean.

But, city living has probably made you jaded to trash blowing down the street and your neighbor’s un-retrieved newspapers.

Recycling HarperWeekly sweep-ups with like-minded people can be fun! They leave you with a sense of accomplishment, and your actions will have an immediate impact. And, believe it or not, studies show that people are less likely to litter when streets are clean.

Not tolerating trash teaches kids self- respect.

They learn to see the world in a larger sense than their immediate surroundings, and not to tolerate its abuse.


Visit our new Clean Streets page from our website

Or join our group on Facebook – PROJECT: Clean Streets

Email with questions.

Brought to you by your Clean & Green Committee

Check out Rain Check! – Application Deadline June 1 Sat, 11 May 2013 06:30:45 +0000  

Storm Water Planter1Rain Check is a Philadelphia Water Department program that provides residents with resources to manage stormwater and beautify their homes. Through the program, PWD helps people pay for landscape improvements such as rain gardens or downspout planters that keep rain water from entering the sewer system.

The program is open to all people with homes connected to the combined sewer system. To participate in the program, sign-up online at

Sign up by June 1st so that we can get started!

We will begin property assessments on a rolling basis and the program will run from July 2014-June 2015.  Participating in Rain Check is a great way to improve your home and manage stormwater – all at a low cost to you.


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Northern Liberties Clean-Up on Sat, April 13 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:15:29 +0000  

9am to 1pm – Meet up and lunch will be held at Liberty Lands
Join your fellow neighbors, along with students and teachers from our own, award-winning Bodine High School on Saturday, April 13, as part of Philly’s Citywide Cleanup Day.
You don’t have to pre-register, but it would be helpful if you did. So if you’re planning to come, please contact our Quality of Life Coordinator Lara Kelly at – thanks!
Help clean up the neighborhood, and strengthen the bond between our community and our local public high school.
See you there!




New Evening Hours at the NLNA – 6 to 9pm on Wednesday Nights! Thu, 21 Feb 2013 05:15:33 +0000  

Drop in Wednesdays, 6-9pm

The NLNA’s office – 700 N. 3rd St, on the corner of 3rd & Fairmount – is expanding its hours.

If you have questions or concerns about the neighborhood, if you need a recycle bin, help with a problem, or information, give us a call at 215-627-NLNA (6562) – or come in and see Lara Kelly, our Quality of Life Coordinator, during these evening hours.

And of course we’re still open during our regular hours too: Monday-Friday 10am-1pm.

TreeCycle Your Christmas Tree with the NLNA This Saturday – January 5 – Volunteers Needed Fri, 14 Dec 2012 05:15:56 +0000  

Volunteers Needed to Fill 1 or 2 hour shifts this Saturday (Jan 5) from 10am to 4pm!
(at Liberty Lands)

Tasks include:

• collecting donations
• off-loading trees
• hanging out

We have help with the actual chipping. The forecast calls for sun!

Please respond to Lara Kelly at if you can spare any time.

Tell your friends!

The City does not recycle trees left at curbside – so keep them out of the landfill by recycling them with the NLNA! Just bring your tree – cleaned of decorations – to Liberty Lands this Saturday, January 5, anytime between 10am and 4pm.

No early drop-offs, please – sorry!

A $5 donation is requested to help defray the cost of the wood chipping.

Questions? Contact Lara Kelly,

NLNA General Meeting And Free Performance at Liberty Lands September 27 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 20:10:46 +0000

Join us for the first general membership meeting of the fall, next Thursday at the NL Community Center, NW corner of 3rd & Fairmount.

Get updates on:

  • Property Tax Changes
  • Finnigan’s Wake
  • The New Zoning Code and Waterfront Planning
  • Spring Garden Improvements
  • Clean Energy Options

And more!

And if you’re around before the meeting, the Bread and Puppet Theater – currently in its 50th year of operation – is putting on a free show this Thursday the 27th, 5PM, at Liberty Lands.

Bread and PuppetThe Theater uses clowning and off-beat techniques to address social and political issues, and has performed around the country, including previous performances at Liberty Lands. Thursday’s show is called “The Circus of the Possibilitarians” and is described as “a satirical horse and butterfly circus, addressing pertinent national and international issues in a clownish fashion, including rotten ideas, a wild dancing horse and some mellow lions, a solemn salute to the world’s casualties and much more!”

E-Waste Recycling Returns Sep 29th – 10am-2pm Thu, 27 Sep 2012 20:06:43 +0000  

Bring all your old electronics to the
NLNA Community Center!

Got a bunch of old TVs, printers, and electronics lying around and don’t know how to properly dispose of them?

You won’t have to hold onto them much longer, because the NLNA’s popular electronics waste recycling is coming back next month!

Join us on Saturday, September 29th, at the NLNA Community Center (NW corner 3rd & Fairmount), where you’ll be able to bring your items and give them to a responsible environmental recycling company, for a nominal fee.

You can bring almost anything with a circuit board – TVs, computers, printers, fax machines, stereo equipment, small kitchen appliances (no large appliances like fridges or ovens).