• UPDATE! (July 21)

    Thank you to Councilmember Squilla, The Streets Departments, L&I, and the East Passyunk Business Improvement District for touring 2000 S Watts with neighbors on July 20. The group witnessed the issues in-person and promised to properly address the problems!

     

    The work of the above group, facilitated by the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association, has already led to Snipes permanently removing their dumpsters!

  • Watch a short documentary on the problem at 2000 S Watts St. (WARNING: graphic content)

    The issue isn't dumpsters; it's big businesses thinking they are above the law

  • STOP ILLEGAL DUMPSTERS WITHOUT ENCLOSURES

    When a residential neighborhood is allowed to look like a landfill people treat it that way by dumping more garbage in and around the open dumpsters. Homeless from Broad St use them as a toilet to urinate and defecate, and drug addicts use them to shoot up, leave their needles, and exchange sex for drugs. Children live and play here!

     

    Read about our fight in the Philadelphia Citizen

    The Problem

    The front doors on our narrow street face the backs of stores on S. Broad, which treat our block like a trash can. Philly law states private-licensed dumpsters are required to be in opaque enclosures. For public-right-of-way-licensed dumpsters, "in instances where a dumpster may impede pedestrian passage or offend nearby residents, users may be required to handle their trash in an alternative manner that does not require a dumpster. Dumpsters will not be approved on the public right-of-way in predominantly residential blocks.”

     

    April 2021, I asked some stores to get up to sanitation code, or at least just tidy up. For a moment some did, but then they ended up adding more dumpsters literally right in front of our doors in a move that feels retaliatory.

     

    The problems that plague Broad and Snyder cannot be completely shielded from 2000 S Watts, but that isn't an excuse for businesses to roll out the welcome mat for those problems to bleed onto our block by completely disregarding the renters and homeowners that are their neighbors.

     

  • Picture Gallery

    (WARNING: graphic content)

    You have to see it to believe that this is E. Passyunk

    Snipes and Rainbow Dumpsters

    Snipes actually removed those dumpsters, ironically, because they were illegal. The Rainbow Dumpster persists

    Snipes Dumpsters

    Beautiful morning view from a S Watts front door with two brand new illegal dumpsters from Snipes

    The Back of Popeyes, H&R Block, and Boost Mobile

    This trash doesn't look like it's in an opaque enclosure

    I wonder if these needles behind H&R Block are tax deductible?

    This trash also doesn't look like it's in an opaque enclosure

    Rainbow's Dumpster Welcomes You to 2000 S Watts

    What better way to welcome addicts and vagrants onto our block

    Rite Aid's Filth Next to Children's Chalk

    Sad that the kids on our block have to play amongst this garbage

    Makeshift Port-a-Potty

    courtesy of Snipes and Rainbow

    We're Better Than This, Philly!

    This is no way any Philadelphian should "enjoy" their block; a family plays with Snipes and Rite Aid's dumpster as a backdrop

    You Won't Believe What is About to Happen Next...

    Notice, children are currently present

    Sex, Trash, and Videotape

    Rite Aid's dumpster and illegal enclosure (over 6 feet high, blocking a sidewalk) makes a great broad daylight love shack

    And Then They Shoot Heroin

    Rite Aid must have expanded its pharmaceutical selection

    All Philly P.D. Can Do is Tell Them to Move Along

    I talked to the police officers, who actually said the dumpsters are what attract this element from Broad and Snyder down our block! These two returned 15 minutes later

    Dumpsters Take Precedent Over Wheelchairs

    According to the law, in a residential area, dumpsters aren't allowed to block sidewalks

    Waiting Next to Overflowing Dumpster for a Car to Pass

    The sidewalks do not belong to the residents of 2000 S Watts

  • There was Relief... for a Moment

    Snipes removed two dumpsters and Rite Aid had removed its trash!

    And it made an amazing difference on the McKean end of the block!
    No trash, human waste, drugs, or sex (a phrase I never thought I would have to write)

  • But it was "inconvenient" for Snipes to follow the law

    2 weeks later, a Snipes dumpster returned directly behind their store next to a brand new Rite Aid dumpster that had arrived a few days prior. Emails to John Hernandez were ignored. I asked the Snipes store manager about the new dumpster who literally admitted she knows it is illegal, but that it's "too inconvenient" not to have a dumpster.

     

    Because the law and neighborly decency might be inconvenient is not reason enough to ignore either

    But you won't believe this!

    They had no plans for an enclosure because they couldn't be permitted for one because the back of their store wasn't zoned for such a structure! So, they're willfully breaking the law by getting a dumpster but can't hide it in an enclosure because it would be illegal to build one!

     

    I emailed Snipes COO, Brigitte Cooperman, who said she is working with the city and in the interim will put locks on the dumpster. How is the law going to suddenly change and allow Snipes to build an enclosure? How will just adding locks make their illegal dumpster compliant in the short term? It's incomprehensible that a business can knowingly break the law, harm its neighbors, and its COO responds with an empty plea for patience while they try to figure it out.... especially when they had it figured out 2 weeks prior and removed the dumpsters, instantly making the block brighter and safer!

     

     

     

  • What to Do?

     

     

    • Go to the source and pressure these businesses daily to be better neighbors 
      • Snipes COO Brigitte Cooperman has said she is the point person for the dumpster complaints for the 2013 S Broad Snipes: Bcooperman@snipesusa.com
      • Bobby Moore is the area V.P. for the 2017 S Broad Rite Aid: rmoore@riteaid.com
      • Find points of contact for the other stores on 2000 Block of S Broad and/or visit their stores and ask for the manager 
      • Contact Philly's sanitation chief, Keith Warren and his boss, Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams
    • File daily 311 complaints
    • Call the streets department daily at (215) 685-4275 or make an online complaint
    • Ask the media to shine a light on these businesses 
    • Contact city councilman Mark Squilla 
    • A police officer advised the more paper trail there is, the better, so call 911 for any suspicious or illegal behavior you see at a dumpster 
    • Know the law, know your rights!
    • Even if you don't live on 2000 S. Watts, we implore our E. Passyunk Neighbors to help us fight this fight. We are part of the community. This block is a half-bock from the start of E. Passyunk Ave, where 2000 S Watts residents shop and dine along with many of the other customers who park and pass through this block on the way to enjoy shopping and dining.
      • Taking a short moment to briefly reach out to any of the stores' management, 311, and/or Mark Squilla with a quick note about your disgust for this issue and demand for remedy goes a long way! Thank you!