Temple, nonprofit clean up trash left behind after spring semester

Paul Kurtz
May 15, 2019 - 2:24 pm
One Day At A Time

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Armed with push brooms, air blowers, shovels and trash bags, a cleanup crew of nearly a dozen people methodically made their way east from 18th Street and Susquehanna Avenue to Broad Street.

The street cleaners with One Day At A Time (ODAAT) — a drug and alcohol recovery nonprofit — dredged through an area that Temple University students recently moved out of.

ODAAT partnered with Temple and the North Central Special Services District to provide cleanup services three days a week to neighborhoods northwest of Broad Street.  

"It's going great," said ODAAT member Adohn McNeil. "What we do is we blow (debris) from under the cars, blow on the sidewalk; we gather everything up in the middle of the street and then we make piles and put them in a trash bag."

Off-campus students and members of the community occupy the area — not always harmoniously. And students moving out and leaving furniture behind at the end of the spring semester provides a separate set of challenges. 

ODAAT Chief of Staff Job Suender said that's when they expand their services.

"We have the guys out for a couple extra hours per day — an extra day a week, actually, just to help coordinate and get that furniture and things that students were done with for the year," he said, and "help consolidate all that stuff and make sure it was getting picked up."