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City says recycling and trash aren’t mixed, residents have doubts

Philadelphia officials say recycling is no longer being mixed with trash, after a few brief stints over the past couple years due to pandemic staffing issues.

  • But residents reported seeing mixing throughout the spring and even this summer, according to an informal survey by Billy Penn and Green Philly. Overall, city recycling rates of 9% are at historic lows.

Some frustrated residents have started paying for private recycling pickup, Meir Rinde reports, while others just want to know if they should continue separating their trash.

‘Abbott Elementary’ snags impressive 7 Emmy nominations

Hit comedy “Abbott Elementary” has been nominated for seven Emmys, including three for creator and West Philly native Quinta Brunson.

One of the stars is Philadelphian Sheryl Lee Ralph (wife to state Sen. Vincent Hughes), whose reaction to learning she was nominated is priceless.

RECAP: What else happened?

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Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting at the Community College of Philadelphia. 

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 53: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 50 the week prior. [PPD Google Drive]
  • 1,265: Shooting victims this year, up 5% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 289: Year-to-date homicides, down 2% from last year; up 67% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]


Mayor Kenney has several ribbon cuttings today. He starts in the Navy Yard to celebrate the new Rite Aid headquarters (10:30 a.m.); skips over to FDR Park for the official naming and groundbreaking ceremony for its forthcoming playground (12 p.m.); and ends the day at the new fields at Capitolo Playground across from Pat’s and Geno’s (6 p.m.).


? BP Quizzo is at Hawthornes this month! Our pub trivia night about all things Philadelphia lands at the Bella Vista beer cafe. Happy hour specials and prizes await. RSVP for free to join us. (6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21)

? Partner event: City & State’s Diversity Summit invites small biz owners to connect with key agencies, reps, and contractors to get in on the lucrative government procurement process. RSVP here to attend. (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 14)

? Celebrate Bastille Day at Old City’s Royal Boucherie with a burlesque show featuring Marie Antoinette-inspired costumes and Champagne cocktails on special. (5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 14)

⚖️ Mural Arts is honoring the civil rights legacy of Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. with a new design to be painted overlooking Chestnut at 45th Street. Swing by for free Federal Donuts and a tour of the “Social Justice Mural Corridor.” (10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 15)