By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Newbold Neighbors Association in the Point Breeze section of South Philadelphia is raising money to help clean up the neighborhood, and they’re going to use the same devices seen all around Center City.
“Aside from along Broad Street and outside along small stores within the neighborhood, there are no trash receptacles throughout Point Breeze and the Newbold area,” says Evan Levitt, Chair of the Big Belly Initiative for the Newbold Neighbors Association. He says his group wants to tackle the neighborhood’s litter problem, so they decided to bring in solar-powered big belly trash compactors.
“What’s appealing about the big belly receptacles is that they’re completely enclosed. So even if you discard litter in the trash receptacle for the big belly, it’s not going to blow away,” Levitt says.
But Levitt adds that the neighborhood needs roughly eight Big Belly compactor and recycling units, and each costs about $4500. Levitt says he’s hoping local business and households will pitch in.
“I think this is a great way to bring the community together. We’re asking people to give whatever they feel comfortable, but we’re hoping they give at least $50 per household.”
For more info on the neighborhood’s Big Belly effort, go to www.newboldneighbors.org.