Measure allowing Philly residents to put out trash earlier advances


This winter, Philadelphia residents may be allowed to start putting out their trash a little earlier.

A proposal, approved a City Council committee, provides that residents could put out their trash beginning at 5 p.m. from October through March. Currently, residents can be ticketed if they put rubbish out on the curb earlier than 7 p.m. the night before it’s picked up.

Councilman Bobby Henon says some senior citizens are afraid to put out the trash after dark.

“Nobody wants to have a dirty city,” he said. “Putting it out really early, I understand, can cause some litter and affect the neighborhoods or the cleanliness of it. This initiative was a result of residents, mostly seniors, calling me who felt unsafe.”

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City Streets Department officials say, if the bill is approved, when the time changes back in the spring, they would start by issuing warnings instead of immediate fines.

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