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!
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!
(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
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
What to Do?