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Philadelphia Students, Local Artists Create ‘Litter Critters’ On South Street

Litter Critter on South Street (credit: John McDevitt)

Litter Critter on South Street (credit: John McDevitt)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Litter critters make South Street their new home, designed to encourage the public to feed them… trash. 



50 solar trash compacters along South Street known as ‘big bellies’ have been covered in painted vinyl wrappings making the doors in many cases look like the mouths of a colorful creatures or “litter critters.”

“They’re going to be appreciated and i think its very well put and it’s going to be an incentive for the kids to put the trash into the litter critters, thats a great idea,” said a Center City resident who fed one with some trash at Second and South Streets.

Children from several phildlephia schools worked with artists to help create the critters as part of the city’s mural arts ‘big picture program.’

‘I know it makes young people feel proud to see their work on a trash can that is not only looking good but is doing very important work that is sending a very important message top keep our city clean,” said Deputy Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio

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