In February the Waste Free Philly Coalition held a press conference to introduce their Mayoral Agenda for a Clean and Waste-Free Future for Philadelphia.
The Waste Free Philly Coalition is a partnership between Circular Philadelphia, Clean Air Council, Clean Water Action, Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks, Clean Philadelphia Now/Trash Academy, and the Plastic Reduction Task Force at Weavers Way Co-op. Seeing the overwhelming amount of waste strewn across the city and in its waterways, with no strategic plan in place to curb its growth, these partners came together to call for change. The upcoming mayoral election in Philadelphia provided the right opportunity.
The coalition’s goal is to press mayoral candidates to endorse a waste reduction platform that details specific strategies and steps needed to achieve an equitable transformation in the city. Individuals and organizations are invited to endorse the platform to show their support and encourage all candidates to think about how they will end dumping, grow the circular economy, improve the city’s recycling and waste collection systems, and reach the city’s zero waste goals by 2035.
The detailed five point plan of the Waste Free Philly Agenda, can be found at https://wastefreephilly.org/. Below is the abbreviated plan:
Goals for a Waste Free Philly
· Create a Mayor’s Office of Zero Waste to direct waste operations across the city government and appoint a new position of Deputy Streets Commissioner for Zero Waste.
· Appoint experienced and accomplished individuals to waste leadership positions.
· Recommit to implementing the Zero Waste and Litter Action Plan.
· Establish a program to end litter and dumping.
· Regain public trust in how the city collects trash and recycling.
The Plastics Reduction Task Force of Weavers Way created its own specific platform for the next mayor, focused specifically on the need to reduce single-use plastics. You can read this platform on the Weavers Way website.