City rounds up bandit signs littering public places

Pat Loeb
July 11, 2018 - 6:40 pm
The city's Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet got 24 community groups to join its effort, offering them 50 cents per sign taken down and turned in, up to $250.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Officials tried something new in their effort to combat the rogue signs that litter utility poles and other public spots.

In the process, they managed to eliminate more than 8,000 of them in two weeks. 

The city's Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet got 24 community groups to join its effort, offering them 50 cents per sign taken down and turned in, up to $250.

"Some groups went well beyond 500 signs," said Nic Esposito, director of the cabinet. "It was really incredible to see all different parts of the city — we had West Philly represented, South Philly, North Philly, Northeast, Northwest. This is something that is affecting every part of the city, and it's good to know who are our allies in this fight to take them down."

Instead of turning the removed signs into more litter, they'll be repurposed through Mural Arts Philadelphia's Trash Academy

Esposito said for legitimate businesses, such as concert promoters, the city will do outreach and education.

"Trying to be reasonable but also trying to send that message," he added.

But he said they'll enforce where they have to, like for signs offering to buy junk cars — of which the cabinet collected 1,000 signs.