City will pay groups to go on bandit sign bounty hunt

Mike DeNardo
May 08, 2018 - 10:15 pm
For the first time, Philadelphia is offering a bounty to help rid the streets of so-called "bandit signs."

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For the first time, Philadelphia is offering a bounty to help rid the streets of so-called "bandit signs."  

The city will launch a program next month to pay community groups to take down the illegal signs, often tacked onto utility poles promoting concerts or claiming "Cash for Houses."

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio

The offer is open to 40 pre-registered community groups or nonprofits, and they will receive 50 cents for each illegal sign they turn in, up to $250 per group.

"We're asking them to take those signs down, collect them over a two-week period and then bring them to us at a location that we're designating where we will store the signs and hopefully be doing a really fun art project with," said Nic Esposito, the city's zero waste and litter director.

The offer runs from June 1 through 15.

"Having these signs up, kind of plastered all over these poles — they don't look good," he added. "Over time, they can become litter. And then also, just kind of set the tone in certain areas that anything goes here."

If all of the community groups turn in the maximum, it would take 20,000 bandit signs off of city streets.