• 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


    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 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.”


    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.


  • Sept 4: Rainbow's manager melts down because neighbors asked her to clean up trash around her illegal dumpster

    August 4: Waste Management drags Rite Aid trash down the street one day after neighbors cleaned up the block

    July 20: Snipes permanently removed their dumpsters the day city officials were scheduled to tour the block!


    September 21: Senator Saval and his office have ignored every follow up email asking for a progress update. CM Squilla reports L&I and Streets met to develop their "enforcement plan" on September 16.
    September 3: Thank you to PA State Senator Nikil Saval for visiting our block. With his office's support, we hope to start the process of citing businesses for illegal dumpsters and blocking the public right of way, which was supposed to happen after CM Squilla's and Trash Commissioner's Warren's visit on July 20.
    August 18: New LED streetlights were installed. the timing couldn't be better. The growing homeless encampment at Broad & Snyder is using 2000 S Watts as an annex. This is thanks to businesses illegally providing an infrastructure for them such as dumpsters and gates for cover to use the bathroom and do drugs. Rite Aid leaves cardboard and bins out 24/7, which the homeless pick through for their needs.

    August 14: The city hasn't delivered its "enforcement plan" as trash, human waste, needles, and dumpsters still line our street. Uber drivers refuse to drive down the block because illegal gates, built to the curb, are left often by the homeless who use them as bathrooms.


    August 2: Verizon tied up loose wires that were hanging from utility poles, greatly improving the appearance of our neighborhood.


    July 20: Thank you to Councilmember Squilla, The Streets Departments, L&I, and the East Passyunk Business Improvement District for touring 2000 S Watts with neighbors. The work of the above group, facilitated by the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association, has already led to Snipes permanently removing their dumpsters!

    • Keith Warren said we could have new LED street lights in two weeks to help with safety!

    • L&I promised an "enforcement plan" to eliminate illegal dumpsters and enclosures blocking the public right of way.

  • Gallery

    (WARNING: graphic content)

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

    Rite Aid Trash Invites Trash

    Illegal enclosures and 24/7 trash on our sidewalk is an inviting setting for drug use

    Snipes and Rainbow Dumpsters

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

    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

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  • What to Do?



    • Contact city councilman Mark Squilla 
    • Contact Philly's sanitation chief, Keith Warren
    • File daily 311 complaints
    • Ask the media to shine a light on these businesses 
    • 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 or illegal enclosure blocking a public right of way
    • 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!