Looking to address Philadelphia's trash troubles, Mayor Kenney on Tuesday announced the creation of the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet. The 16-member committee in six months will present a plan for how to cut down on waste and prevent litter, Kenney said.
"A clean Philadelphia is a vibrant and healthy Philadelphia," the mayor said in a statement.
Kenney created the cabinet by executive order. It will include representatives from several city agencies, the School District, SEPTA, PennDot, nonprofit organizations, and others.
Philadelphia has struggled with litter, from illegal dumping of construction debris to the proliferation of plastic bags and fliers. In his campaign, Kenney pledged to attack the problem, suggesting the city bring back regular street cleaning - a potentially unpopular idea in neighborhoods that struggle with a lack of on-street parking.
Kenney said the cabinet's action plan would address the following goals:
Making Philadelphia a "zero waste" city by 2035, meaning all its waste would be diverted from conventional landfills and incinerators.
Better preventing and managing litter and illegal dumping in public spaces.
Improving outreach and engaging residents on the goal of keeping neighborhoods litter-free.
Identifying measurable standards to gauge progress.