Mayor Nutter Announces Results of 4th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup

Philadelphia, April 4 –Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the Philadelphia Streets Department announced results of last Saturday’s 4th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup. A total of 12,574 volunteers participated in cleaning and greening projects across Philadelphia. This year’s Cleanup included 252 projects- the most ever registered for a Philly Spring Cleanup and volunteers removed a total of 1,240,360 pounds of trash. The theme of this year’s Cleanup was “Keep Up the Sweep Up”.

The Mayor was joined by elected officials, community leaders, 2011 Miss America Teresa Scanlan and hundreds of volunteers at a Saturday morning kickoff announcement at the Laura Sims Skate House in Cobbs Creek Park. He then traveled to Cleanup sites across Philadelphia to meet with volunteers and assist them with their projects. Volunteer projects included trash and debris removal, tree plantings, mulching and weeding, tire removal, and water cleanups.

“I want to express my appreciation to the thousands of volunteers who joined us on Saturday to show their love for our great city,” said Mayor Nutter. “Together, we rolled up our sleeves to make our city shine, block by block, in neighborhoods across Philadelphia and this year turned out to be another remarkable effort. The Philly Spring Cleanup is reflective of the great things that happen when neighbors, families and friends come together in support of a common goal to keep Philadelphia healthy and sustainable for many generations to come.”

Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson said, “The Philly Spring Cleanup was a tremendous success for the fourth year in a row. The Streets Department worked long and hard with volunteers to keep up with the scale of items placed out for pick up. As we ‘Keep Up the Sweep Up’, I urge residents to stay engaged in a year-round effort to keep our city beautiful.”

2011 Philly Spring Cleanup in numbers:

General figures

  • 252 project sites (the most projects ever registered for a Philly Spring Cleanup)
  • 12,574 volunteers1,240,360 pounds of trash removed
  • 149,860 pounds of material recycled
  • 1,104 blocks cleaned
  • 3,750 recycling bins distributed
  • 255 Recycling Rewards signups
  • 7,280 tires removed
  • 28 parks and 17 recreation centers cleaned

Supplies distributed

  • 44,204 trash and recycling bags
  • 3,884 brooms
  • 14,907 gloves
  • 1,226 shovels
  • 1,952 rakes
  • 1,011 gallons of paint
  • 1,422 paint brushes
  • 140 graffiti removal kits

City assistance

  • 103 rubbish and recycling crews
  • 8 tire trucks5 front end loaders
  • 3 trailers

The 4th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup’s theme- “Keep Up the Sweep Up”- is a rallying call to Philadelphians to be part of a year-round beautification effort. The first Philly Spring Cleanup in 2008 was recognized by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) as the largest single day, citywide Cleanup on record in the United States. KAB also designated this year’s Cleanup as a Great American Cleanup National Kickoff Event.

Dow, Target and Waste Management were the lead sponsors of the 4th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup. In addition, RecycleBank, Covanta, Republic Services, Inc. and Big Belly Solar provided sponsor support. City partners include Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee, Greater Philadelphia Cares, the Department of Parks & Recreation, City Year, The Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Services, UnLitter Us, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and Philadelphia Recycling Rewards.

For more information on the 2011 Philly Spring Cleanup, please visit


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