Philadelphia residents upset after video shows sanitation workers tossing trash bins

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A Philadelphia cleaning crew is under fire for apparent negligence and disregard, all of which have been caught on camera.

A business owner in the Port Richmond neighborhood said his surveillance video showed a city sanitation truck pulling up at the 2800 block of East Clearfield Street in Port Richmond last Thursday.

The video shows a sanitation worker throwing an object into the recycling bins, knocking the bins over. Some rubbish is spilled from a bin onto the street, but not all rubbish is collected. The bins are then thrown by one worker and kicked into the street by the other.

“This is outrageous, this is horrible,” Port Richmond’s Lisa Peña said.

“That was ridiculous to watch,” added Jim Blazejewski.

Joe Hughes said his cameras caught the whole act.

“I was upset, very upset, because I’m paying extra money for them to pick up our trash here,” Hughes said.

Hughes owns a number of properties on the block and said the litter lying around is bad for his business.

“Especially because I rent apartments or something similar. (If) someone looks at this, they have a bad thought. We have a dance studio around the corner from here, they don’t have to have the little girls who come in and step over the garbage,” Hughes said.

Hughes said he’s had similar litter issues before, but not at this level.

Local residents said they had concerns of their own.

“Usually there is rubbish everywhere on this street. I didn’t realize it could have come from them,” Blazejewski said.

The city called the workers’ actions “inappropriate” and released this statement to Action News:

“The Highway Authority apologizes to the neighbors of the 2800 block of E Clearfield St. for this inappropriate behavior by sanitation workers. Employees are instructed to collect all waste properly designated for collection and pick up any materials that fall to the ground in the process of collection. You are also required to return the cans to an upright position. Thanks to Action News for bringing this to our attention. Please note that appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any staff involved.”

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