Snow removal effort in full swing in Philadelphia

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 Philadelphia Streets Commissioner Dave Perri said Thursday trash collections will be postponed until next week as city workers clear streets of snow. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia Streets Commissioner Dave Perri said Thursday trash collections will be postponed until next week as city workers clear streets of snow. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

The city of Philadelphia is operating under a snow emergency order, but the head of the city’s Streets Department said this is just an average storm.  

Streets Commissioner Dave Perri said Thursday morning all of Philadelphia’s trash trucks were on the street plowing accumulations expected to reach 8 inches in parts of the city.

As snow continued to fall into Thursday afternoon, 350 vehicles were out and with 700 employees working on snowfighting operations, he said. “We’ve been mobilized since midnightpreparing trucks, loading salt and mounting plows.”

Perri says drafting trash trucks for snow duty means no garbage collection.

“We respectfully ask people who have Thursday collections, please hold your trash and recycling until next Thursday,” he said.

And Perri asked residents who usually have their trash picked up in rear driveways to move it to the front curb until further notice.

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