Philadelphia, PA - The Philadelphia Streets Department responded in a press release to the delays in trash and recycling collections. The Department is contributing the delay to the significantly higher levels of residential trash tonnage, and staff shortages due to the pandemic.
Philadelphia Continues to See Delays in Trash and Recycling Collections
All across the City, recycling collections have been delayed sometimes for weeks, while sanitation crews have focused on picking up regular trash first.
The streets department for now is asking residents to set their materials out on their regular collection day during the week of June 21st.
However, residents should expect delays as the Department continues to adjust its operations to accommodate areas of the City with staffing shortages.
“We respectfully ask residents to refrain from placing additional 311 requests for missed trash or recycling collection unless their materials remain curbside at least 48 hours behind the regular schedule. The office has been inundated with calls related to trash and recycling collections.” – Philly Streets Department.
To get back to a regular schedule, the Streets Department is deployed intern staff to help perform trash collections and has also promoted most of its temporary workers to full-time permanent employment.
Residents are also strongly encouraged to use the cities Sanitation Convenience Centers that remain open seven days a week, from Monday through Sunday between 6 AM to 8 PM. As a way of help to reduce the departments' workload, until the problem is resolved.