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September 23, 2014 | BY JENELLE JANCI, Daily News Staff Writer jancij@phillynews.com, 215-568-5906
JUST A FEW feet into his morning hike in Wissahickon Valley Park recently, Bradley Maule was greeted by a pile of dog crap. He promptly pulled out his iPhone and made a note of the mess. A few steps later, Maule spotted a 40-ounce Budweiser bottle and a Yuengling box. He snagged both items with a Grip-n-Grab trash grabber and put them into a plastic bag fetched from his backpack. Maule, 38, of Mount Airy, is almost 10 months into his yearlong project, "One Man's Trash. " He collects litter during weekly hikes in the park and also documents every pile of dog feces and unleashed dog he sees - Wissahickon Park requires that dogs be leashed.
NEWS
February 20, 2009
I'M appalled that we may have to pay to have our trash picked up. People will now dump their trash anywhere they can. Do you really think people in neighborhoods like North Philly are going to pay to have their trash picked up when they don't even pay their utilities, or will they have it picked up for free because they are considered low-income? Would this be fair to people who get up and go to work every day? Deborah Bennett, Philadelphia
NEWS
July 22, 2004
AFTER trash/recycling day, our neighborhoods are left with litter and mess all over the place because careless sanitation crews throw bags and cans everywhere. I urge residents to take a digital photo of the individuals and trucks in question and report these violations to csstreets@phila.gov and managing.director@phila.gov. It's time sanitation crews did their jobs properly. Nikola Sizgorich Philadelphia
NEWS
March 23, 2007
AS A RESIDENT of this city for 54 years, I am totally disgusted with the filth on our highways, byways and residential streets. There is trash and filth everywhere you look. Where is the civic pride that was once a part of our culture? It is no wonder that it has gone by the wayside, as so many moral issues have. I have seen young children, teenagers and adults discard potato-chip bags, plastic soda bottles, candy wrappers, etc., right on the ground. This happens even when there is a litter basket but a few feet away.
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April 9, 1990 | By Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
James Gaskins swiftly tosses one swollen garbage sack after another from the curb into a yellow city compactor truck. "Yo, that's it," yells his partner as the two men heft trash-filled boxes along McKean Street in South Philadelphia. Newspapers and food packages, glass and plastic bottles, throw rugs and fragments of furniture - all land in the maw of the Streets Department truck. "This is what we get all day," Gaskins shrugs. The waste from the homes on McKean Street and the rest of the city is buried by the truckload at a Bucks County landfill.
NEWS
February 13, 1987
Just a note on trash. Two things would help: Get rid of junk mail and develop a trash bag with a nontoxic substance that repels animals. John Houghton Camden.
NEWS
November 15, 1987 | By Mary Lou Jerrell, Special to The Inquirer
The Merchantville Borough Council has approved a $3,800 expenditure to remove trash and debris from a vacant house on Clinton Avenue. The trash is to be removed in preparation for selling the house so it can be placed back on the tax books. The borough has owned the house since 1972, according to Mayor John F. Morrissey. Borough officials said they expect to remove 300 cubic yards of trash by the end of the month. About 50 yards are expected to be recyclable newspapers and heavy metal such as pipes.
NEWS
June 7, 1986 | By BOB WARNER and LEON TAYLOR, Daily News Staff Writers
As frustrated residents were hurling their Hefty bags into the street, Mayor Goode said yesterday that city trash collections will continue to be "chaotic and unpredictable" until Philadelphia builds a mass-burning trash plant at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. "Until we find a predictable disposal mechanism, we will have erratic and chaotic, crisis-oriented trash collection because we don't have a predictable place to put the trash," Goode told reporters. ". . . I apologize to the citizens for what is happening, but there is no way that we can solve this problem until we find some way inside this city to dispose of our trash.
NEWS
May 20, 1994 | BY ABE GOODHART
The other day as I was putting out trash and garbage it occurred to me that I was becoming an habitual criminal. Trouble is, I don't know where to turn myself in for breaking at least two trash and garbage laws each week. One law says recyclables such as paper, glass and metal cans must be placed in or next to a metal container holding up to 20 gallons. No plastic is allowed. These items are scheduled for collection on a specified day every other week. For my Northeast neighborhood, that day is Monday.
NEWS
September 10, 1986 | By DAVE RACHER, Daily News Staff Writer
A 49-year-old private trash hauler was sentenced yesterday to an 11 1/2- to 23-month prison term for paying about $20,000 in bribes to city Streets Department employees to allow illegal dumping at city facilities. Anthony Galiano, 49, of Franklin Street near Tasker, who previously pleaded guilty to a bribery charge, also was placed on four years' probation and ordered to make restitution to the city of $30,000 by Common Pleas Judge William Porter. Assistant District Attorney David Michelman said Galiano was one of 14 private haulers and 18 city workers arrested following a grand jury investigation of the payoff scheme, which operated between 1980 and 1985.
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September 27, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph M. Blosenski Jr., 71, of Honey Brook, the founder of a trash hauling company in Chester County, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, of cancer at his home. He was president of Blosenski Disposal Service in Elverson, which he started in 1962 with a pickup truck in his neighborhood. He owned and operated the refuse business for 30 years. In 1994, the firm was bought by his son Anthony J. Sr. and renamed A.J. Blosenski Inc. Trash & Recycling Service. Joseph Blosenski became a vice president of his son's company.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2014 | BY JENELLE JANCI, Daily News Staff Writer jancij@phillynews.com, 215-568-5906
JUST A FEW feet into his morning hike in Wissahickon Valley Park recently, Bradley Maule was greeted by a pile of dog crap. He promptly pulled out his iPhone and made a note of the mess. A few steps later, Maule spotted a 40-ounce Budweiser bottle and a Yuengling box. He snagged both items with a Grip-n-Grab trash grabber and put them into a plastic bag fetched from his backpack. Maule, 38, of Mount Airy, is almost 10 months into his yearlong project, "One Man's Trash. " He collects litter during weekly hikes in the park and also documents every pile of dog feces and unleashed dog he sees - Wissahickon Park requires that dogs be leashed.
NEWS
September 2, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mamadou Sacko and Barry Williams spend their work days enveloped in a malodorous fog. If it is even mildly warm out, they are trailed by a light constellation of flies. During an eight-hour shift, they will pick up and dump 20 tons of refuse - from aging love seats to sacks of unrecognizable slop - the typical haul for a crew of Philadelphia sanitation workers, positions commonly known as trash collectors. "Best job I've ever had," both men will tell you. "I don't know, I just really enjoy it," said Sacko, 41, who prefers the work to the nine years he spent as an overnight manager of a gas station.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2014 | By Terri Akman, For The Inquirer
Diane Wilfert, 68, adores watching her grandchildren - just not on Sundays during football season. From the first snap to the final buzzer, the grandmother from Pilesgrove, N.J., can be found perched on the couch - fantasy football roster in hand - hoping her team, the Cat's Pajamas, has a winning day. Wilfert, now retired, loves fantasy football - where participants choose real players to create imaginary teams. Her $40-to-join league, comprising family and friends, includes a draft party, gives her something to talk about with her sons-in-law, "and it's been wonderful for my marriage," she said.
NEWS
August 13, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Along a riverfront that was once one of the nation's most important industrial centers, Chester has become an important center for something else - waste treatment plants. When an incinerator and other facilities swept into the city in the 1990s, they were controversial, setting off suits, protests, and debates over health concerns and "environmental justice" in a Delaware County city where about one-third of the residents live in poverty. While tensions have ebbed, a plan to build two new buildings at the incinerator complex and import trash from New York has stirred them anew.
NEWS
July 26, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Justin Soulen, the worst part of a long weekend at the Shore with friends was the drive home. Not because of the return traffic or the ending of a vacation, but because of what was traveling home with him in the trunk - bags and bags of hot trash. "It was gross - all the stuff from BBQs, parties," Soulen said. "We just said to ourselves, 'This is ridiculous.' " Because Soulen, 25, and friends would leave Ventnor on a Sunday, and trash day was at midweek, their only choice was to bring the trash home or risk being fined for leaving cans on the street too early.
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July 16, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
WITH ITS LONE graffitied, abandoned house, grassy vacant lots and sparse signs of life, the desolate stretch of 3rd Street just north of Susquehanna Avenue in North Philadelphia seems like the perfect place to dump a body. And that's exactly what someone did, police said yesterday. About 5:30 a.m., a man picking through trash on the block, which is flanked by several grassy lots and the back of a warehouse, spotted a duffel bag outside the three-story, tan-brick rowhouse with boarded-up windows and made the grisly discovery, said Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman.
NEWS
July 9, 2014
AFTER A LONG day at Geauga Lake (Aurora, Ohio), my cousins and I headed over to our neighbors' house. I was about 8, but they were teenagers and wanted to spend time with my better-than-average-looking neighbor. It was about 10 o'clock when we came home to my mom and grandmother freaking out, terrified that something had happened to us. We came inside and my mom told me a story I had never heard before - she told me about my Aunt Sandy, and how she had run away when she was young and we never found her. After that day, I recall talking about Sandy and the entire situation much more often.
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July 8, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE RESIDENTS and neighbors of one Northern Liberties apartment complex have spent two years seeking refuge from refuse. They say the trash bins in the parking lot of Liberties Walk at Schmidt's - the little sister to the Piazza, on the opposite side of 2nd Street near George - are constantly overflowing with waste, including food scraps from the restaurants housed in the complex's first floor. The excess rubbish attracts rats, blows onto the street and into neighboring properties, and literally causes a stink, especially during the warmer months, according to Matt Ruben, president of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association.
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July 3, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
POLICE OFFICER Robert McKoy steered his unmarked patrol car down Clearfield Street near 20th in North Philadelphia and spotted the guy he'd arrested recently for illegally dumping hundreds of tires and tons of broken concrete on the block. The guy, who is awaiting his court date, was sitting in a blue pickup truck at the scene of the crime, staring out the windshield at his former dumping ground. "A big, red truck was his workhorse," McKoy said. "We took his work horse and his front-end loader, too. We put this guy out of business.
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