From the Mayor…
When I took office, I pledged my commitment to make Philadelphia a more beautiful place to live, work, and visit. The plan you hold outlines specific strategies to achieve that goal by ensuring that every neighborhood has litter-free parks, streets, waterways, and public places.
Why Zero Waste? Each year Philadelphia disposes of nearly 1.5 million tons of residential and commercial waste – one ton for every resident. As a city, we spend tens of millions of dollars each year cleaning up short dumping and litter. Although we collectively recycle almost 40 percent of combined residential and commercial waste, we have much work to do to compete with the sustainable cities of the 21st century. If we are to become a greener, more beautiful city, we must dispose of less trash, recycle and reuse more, and embrace new approaches to keeping our shared spaces clean.
The Zero Waste and Litter Executive Order commits Philadelphia to the progressive sustainability goal of Zero Waste by 2035. In doing so, we join other major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, and Atlanta, to name just a few. The Order also promotes the use of data-driven practices and rigorous research to identify the most effective ways to tackle these challenges.
Because Zero starts with One – You.