Trash Talking: FAQs on Tackling Litter in The Riverwards


Is trash and recycling pick up delayed this week?

The Streets Department is responsible for scheduling and picking up trash across the city, and posts changes to scheduled pick-ups on its website. This site also lists the options for disposing of larger items that the streets department will not pick up on their regular rounds.

Tip: Ensuring waste is not sitting on the streets over time will help reduce the litter problem. Untied bags or bags ripped into by animals easily shed their contents, and in the windy Riverwards, litter easily blows around.

Help! How do I report dumping, graffiti, and other nuisances?

Philly 311 can help address a variety of problems, including missed trash picked up, illegal dumping, graffiti, and much more. Issues can be reported through the website, phone call, the Philly 311 smartphone app, or Twitter – resolution is usually prompt.

I love the fish head trash cans! How do I get one on my block?                                   

We’re glad you’re loving them! Please note that the fish head trash cans are sponsored by a business or resident within Fishtown Neighbors Association boundaries. The sponsor is responsible for changing out the trash can every week or as soon as it fills up. If you are still interested in getting one, please complete the form here.


I want to organize a clean-up in my neighborhood. How do I get started?

Very exciting! You can get started by checking out this Community Cleanup Resource Guide from Keep Philadelphia Beautiful.

If you’re interested in organizing at your block, the Streets Department’s Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) can help you become a Block Captain.

Not in Philly is another organization that empowers neighbors to go out and become champions of their block. In return for a six month commitment to going out once a week to pick up litter,

Not In Philly will give you a trash grabber (if funding is available) to help you keep your street clean.

I don’t want to organize a clean-up, but I’d like to go to a clean-up. What organizations do clean-ups?


Fishtown Neighbors Association will occasionally host community clean-ups. Follow our social media accounts for updates. Other neighborhood associations like the Olde Richmond Civic Association (ORCA) and East Kensington Neighbors Association (EKNA) often host clean-ups if you want to volunteer.  

United by Blue is a for-profit company founded in Philadelphia has a commitment that for every product sold. It removes one pound of trash from our world's oceans and waterways. To date, UBB has hosted more than 200 cleanups around the waterways of Philadelphia and beyond. If you’re interested, you can submit a suggestion for a cleanup site, or take part in one of their regular hosted cleanups.