Brewerytown: Getting Ready for Spring Cleanup

The 10 colorful cans brighten the corridor and help curb litter.

In preparation for the city’s Fourth Annual Philly Spring Cleanup, the Fairmount Community Development Corp. put 10 new hand painted trash cans along the intersections of West Girard Avenue between 25th and 29th streets.

Aimed at putting an end to litter and illegal dumping permanently, the Streets Department-funded Philly Spring Cleanup is a small part of Mayor Nutter’s pledge to make Philadelphia a greener city. Last year more than 11,000 volunteers participated in the cleanup and removed 1.34 million pounds of litter from streets and sidewalks citywide.

Three days later and some of the trash cans have already begun to overflow.

The goal of the trash cans is to control litter along the street while adding colorful elements to Girard’s business corridor. Attendees of the most recent Brewerytown Sharswood Community Civic Association meeting voiced concerns with the size of the trash cans, saying the cans would “fill up too quickly and that they were too small for normal usage.

James Carter and the Brewerytown CDC are supportive of various green initiatives throughout the community.

James Carter, president of the Brewerytown Community Development Corp., and Councilman Darrell Clarke were among those in attendance Friday when the Fairmount CDC installed the trash cans.

The business corridor of Girard Avenue has seen growth recently.

The cans were painted by volunteers during the Martin Luther King day of service in January, but due to numerous weekends of inclement weather were unable to be distributed until recently.

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