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City Council talks trash

There was a whole lot of trash talk in City Council this morning.

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson sponsored a resolution that called for hearings today to examine the effectiveness of laws that address illegal dumping and littering along the city's business corridors.

"This is something that we have to get a handle on," Johnson said during the hearing.

Council members and department heads tossed-up ideas about how to address the pervasive issue of trash on city streets.

Councilmen Jim Kenney and Johnson suggested that the Streets Department recruit inmates who are low-level offenders to help clean-up.

Meanwhile Andrew Sharp, Outreach Coordinator for PennFuture suggested publicly shaming illegal dumpers.

"I've heard stories of people who were caught dumping three times in one day," Sharp said, "to me that person's face should be on the front cover of the Daily News because they're harming our community and they're just blatant about it."

Although illegal dumpers have not been on Daily News' covers, yet, the People's Paper encourages readers who are tired of litterers to contact the Marquis of Debris at 215-854-5914 or