Reporting Hadas Kuznits
By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Cleanup efforts were underway following Philadelphia’s 4th of July Jam on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Thursday night.
Keith Warren, Chief of Operations for the Sanitation Division of the Philadelphia Streets Department, says it takes a lot to clean up after a concert as big as the one Philadelphia hosts on the 4th of July.
“It takes about six trash compactors, three rubbish and three recycling, and between six to eight mechanical brooms,” said Warren. “A couple front-end loaders, a tractor trailer, a dump truck, maybe 15 to 20 blowers and 40 or so labor workers.”
Warren says cleanup efforts takes between six to 10 hours. Crews pick up about 25,000 pounds of trash off the Parkway.
That’s not including nearly 22,000 pounds of recycling.
“You’d be doing us a big service if you recycle,” said Warren. “Use the recycling containers for recycling, use the trash containers for trash.”
Warren says crews are preparing for the next big Parkway event, which will be Jay-Z’s Labor Day “Made In America” concert.