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Stop Dumping

Help Us Prevent Dumping

At Block by Block, we are committed to making our city a cleaner, greener, and safer place for all residents. Illegal dumping not only harms our environment but also poses serious safety risks to our communities. We believe that by diverting waste from illegal dumping into designated free dump sites, we can prevent further damage and promote responsible waste management practices. We are joining efforts with Clean Philadelphia NOW campaign with Trash Academy, Circular Philadelphia, & Clean Water Action.

The Issue

​Philadelphia is facing a concerning trend of illegal dumping, with dumping tonnage increasing and recycling rates declining. This poses significant environmental and safety concerns for our neighborhoods. We need to take immediate action to address this issue and protect our city from further harm.



Our proposal is simple yet effective - divert waste from illegal dumping into the six free dump sites available in our city. These sites can collect residential clean-out dumping and Construction & Demolition (C&D) waste, providing legal avenues for responsible waste management. By opening these free dump sites to small haulers, we can ensure that waste is managed responsibly and prevent illegal dumping in our neighborhoods.

Why It Matters


The consequences of illegal dumping are clear - it harms our environment, endangers our communities, and contributes to a decline in recycling rates. The alarming statistics speak for themselves - we have seen a significant increase in dumping, reversing the progress made between 2016 and 2019. Furthermore, our recycling rates have plummeted from 22% to a mere 8%. It is imperative that we take immediate action to reverse this trend and protect our environment for future generations.

How You Can Help

You can make a difference by emailing the office of Mayor Cherelle Parker. We made it REALLY easy for you. We creaed a pre-drafted email that you can copy and send, urging them to support our cause. We partnered with Trash academy, Circular Philadelphia, & Clean Water Action to address this issue. Together, we can end illegal dumping in Philadelphia and create a cleaner, greener, and safer city for all.

Anti-Dumping Update!
Thank you for joining us in emailing the mayor's team! We're excited to announce that we'll be presenting the anti-dumping campaign at the City Council in person meeting on Tuesday, March 19th. This campaign has been a collaborative effort between Block by Block Philly, Trash Academy, Circular Philadelphia, and Clean Water Action, and your participation has been invaluable. Together, we're making a difference in keeping Philly clean! If you want to participate please email us and we will send you details. Click here for our email!

Copy & Paste in the "To" Section: 

Subject Line: End Dumping Now!


I'm [Your Name] from the [Block Address and Neighborhood] and I am deeply concerned about the issue of dumping in our community. The impact of dumping on neighborhoods like ours is devastating, exacerbating existing environmental challenges and posing serious health and safety risks.

It's time to take decisive action to put an end to dumping in Philadelphia by 2028. We have an opportunity for an early win by focusing on preventing dumping altogether.

We are encouraged by Mayor Cherelle Parker's commitment to linking safety with clean and green neighborhoods, as well as her prioritization of collaboration with residents like us. We are working with Block by Block Philly, Trash academy, Circular Philadelphia, & Clean Water Action to fight for this cause.

To effectively address dumping, we propose allowing small haulers to dump at convenience centers to capture residential clean-out dumping and C&D (Construction & Demolition) waste. Currently, the cost structure makes it impractical for small haulers to dispose of their loads legally. By implementing a smaller fee at convenience centers for small haulers, we can incentivize lawful disposal, leading to cleaner, greener, and safer neighborhoods while diverting material from the waste stream.

Your support in advocating for this initiative is crucial. Together, we can make a significant impact on the cleanliness and safety of our city.

Best regards,


[Your Name]

Please email each person every day! We must stop dumping!

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