Working to Keep Southwest Streets Clean

Streets department employees unable to perform their normal duties have recently been assigned to cleanup teams on busy commercial corridors.  Shown here, properly masked and distanced,  at the 71st Street corner are members of a 45-person group working to clean up Woodland Avenue.
Streets department employees unable to perform their normal duties have recently been assigned to cleanup teams on busy commercial corridors. Shown here, properly masked and distanced, at the 71st Street corner are members of a 45-person group working to clean up Woodland Avenue.

Streets Department team sweeps up Woodland Ave.

As part of a Philadelphia Streets Department program to provide working hours for employees not able for various reasons to perform their normal duties, teams have been deployed throughout the city to make our streets look clean and attractive.  

This week a team of 45 men and women under supervisor Luther Graves has been assigned to busy portions of Woodland Avenue, sweeping up and bagging loose trash.  While trash and recyclables collection has improved significantly, home and store owners left cans and bags on sidewalks for several days during the Labor Day holiday weekend.  This produced an accumulation of the debris that on breezy days always seems to find its way to Woodland.

Happy to get the work time in, the Streets personnel are anxiously awaiting approval and distribution of hazardous pay for the activities that bring them in contact with residents and fellow workers.  “We feel that the work we do places us at special risk,” claimed one. Well aware of the COVIS-19 dangers, all the workers were masked and did their best to maintain proper distancing. 

More updated information about trash collection and other activities is available at: www.philadelphiastreets.com/newsroom

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