February 6, 2013 |
NEW YORK - They frolic in empty boxes and stick their heads under faucet streams of water. They dance on tippy-toes and fly through the air with Pop-Tarts. They play piano wearing little frocks and get tickled to distraction to the delight of millions on YouTube. I speak, of course, of the cat stars of the Internet, a place filled with felines and their wacky uploading humans since the dawn of bandwidth. Now, after years of viral viewing, they're coming into their own in lucrative and altruistic ways.
November 26, 2012 |
Tom Szaky collects the most disgusting things. Yucky yogurt containers. Sticky candy wrappers. Old flip-flops. Now, he and his Trenton company, TerraCycle, are onto a new one: cigarette butts, the most common litter items on the planet. (And much, much worse items, but that comes later.) So bring 'em on. Let neither stinkiness nor sogginess nor other manner of nastiness be a barrier. Once in hand, the company will "sanitize" and sort the butts, sending the paper and tobacco to a specialty tobacco composter.
August 14, 2012 |
A NONPROFIT GROUP'S effort to keep litter off the streets of East Passyunk backfired when neighbors used trash bins to dump household garbage, electronics — even discarded furniture. But the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corp.oration is fighting back, enlisting the help of the Streets Department's Streets and Walkways Education and Enforcement Program (SWEEP), as well as City Councilman Mark Squilla. After the city did away with wire trash bins and replaced them with Big Belly compactors on Passyunk Avenue, Samuel Sherman, PARC's executive director, bought 30 of the banished baskets to install in the area.
April 19, 2012 |
The morning after the big Philly Spring Cleanup, the streets of Chinatown are tidy - but Susan Chung is trying to buff them to a high gloss. She sweeps cigarette butts from a curb, digs a cup out of a concrete planter, then loads up a dozen red plastic bags, some of them spilling food and dripping liquid, that have materialized on the sidewalk. Chung, armed with a broom, dustpan, and rolling trash cart, is a key part of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp.'s new effort to beat back litter - an undertaking that seems to be working.
April 13, 2012 |
HUNDREDS of volunteers will span the city Saturday armed with trash bags, paint, brooms and more for the fifth annual Philly Spring Cleanup - an event that in years past has drawn a total of 45,000 people who removed 2,900 tons of trash from Philadelphia's streets and vacant lots. Carlton Williams, deputy streets commissioner, said past Spring Cleanups have taught him that tackling litter and dumping, and changing the collective mind-set concerning these pervasive quality-of-life issues, can't be done in a single day. The theme for this year's cleanup is "Keep Up the Sweep Up," which is aimed at encouraging Philadelphians to use the event as a launching point to continue beautifying their neighborhoods and others all year long.
April 10, 2012 |
If you want to see where the war on litter is being won, visit Saunders Park in West Philadelphia. It once was so dirty, overgrown, and misused that it was called "Crack Park. " Today all that litters its green expanse are pink petals from cherry blossoms. If you want to see where the war is being lost, cruise by Old York Road and Lindley Avenue in North Philadelphia. The rusted underside of a railroad trestle shades a dumping ground for bricks, beer bottles, boxes, and construction debris.
February 22, 2012 |
What if I told you your brain may be infected by an alien organism that can manipulate you into taking deadly risks and drive you to madness, even suicide? What if I said it was Tigger, Fluffy, Jinx, and their lot who had inflicted this awful fate? In a theory seemingly straight out of a Roger Corman creature feature - Fierce Feline Infectees From Planet Farquhar! - some biologists, parasitologists, and psychiatrists claim Toxoplasma gondii ( Toxo , or T. gondii for short)
October 13, 2011
FORTY-FIVE cigarette butts. A smashed coffee cup lid, a protest flier, an empty Doritos bag, a 5x6-inch piece of corrugated cardboard, a plastic shopping bag, a wad of tissue. In a single block of the city, we took that inventory of litter yesterday. A single day. A single block. We urge you to do the same next time you're walking in the city, and you'll be amazed at just how much trash we surround ourselves with in Philadelphia. Few people would dispute that we have a big litter problem in this city.
October 13, 2011
IHAVE to agree with letter-writer Andrew Abruzzese about Philadelphia streets being dirty. On Sunday, I took my two very young children for a bike ride from my parents' house in Port Richmond to Penn Treaty Park, down to Penn's Landing and into Center City to see the Columbus Day Parade. I wanted to show my children some of the sights of the city I proudly called home for the first 28 years of my life. As we were pedaling along, my son asked me why there was so much trash on the street.
October 12, 2011
The Pick It Up! campaign is a Daily News initiative aimed at helping Philly become a cleaner city. Through stories, photos, videos, reader submissions and social media, we will highlight some of the city's most intractable trash problems - and find ways to make Philadelphia a cleaner, more livable place. Go to philly.com/pickitup for all your anti-litter crusading needs. On that page you'll find: * A map on which you can report litter problems to the city * A link to get your own "Circular-Free Property" sticker to stop those menus and circulars from piling up on your door * Previous Pick It Up!