May 8th, 2016

The RTA trash average for the week was 2.86–almost a 2 percent decrease from last week’s survey.

At RTA K, last week’s cushion was still laying on the sidewalk amidst the trash.

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With it being mid-Spring, the grass is starting to fill in all the RTA zones.  While spring brings warm weather (at least theoretically), blooming flowers, and more outdoor activity, it also brings more trash (due to more people being outside) and taller grass, which covers up the trash.

RTA O - the blooming leaves covers up the trash hidden beneath them.

RTA O – the blooming leaves covers up the trash hidden beneath them.

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RTA R – paper articles of trash dot the strip of grass along Adams Avenue.

On Rising Sun Avenue below Adams Avenue, the Kardone Factory has done some recent landscaping!  Unfortunately, there is some trash scattered on the grass along the facade of the building.

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RTA G

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The average temperature this week was 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The weather was dreary and lightly rainy, with the last rain event being the morning before this survey, which accumulated 0.05 inches.

The average inlet clog rate is 1.3, which is only slightly higher than last week. As blooms continue to fall and rains come many of the inlets have accumulated this organic matter, most likely causing this slight increase in clog rate. The total amount of trash is 191 pieces, this is a good deal lower than last week’s count of 256. The weather could have caused fewer people to spend time outside, reducing litter, or the rain could have swept much of the litter away or through the inlets.

Inlet #143111, located towards the bottom of the hill on Rising Sun Avenue, has the plant life that regrows each season starting to grow again. During the Summer the plant life can become unruly and accumulate trash.

Inlet #143111

Inlet #143111

Inlet #155321, in Hill Creek Housing Development, is regularly clogged, but was producing an odor during this survey. It’s location next to a dumpster causes the reoccurring clogging, and the odor most likely came form liquids from the dumpster pooling at the inlet.

Inlet #155321

Inlet #155321

Inlet #144394, in the development, contained more trash than most of the inlets. Many wrappers were caught along the mouth of the inlet.

Inlet #144394

Inlet #14439

Inlet #141698, also in Hill Creek Housing Development, shows the blooms that have accumulated in many of the inlets.

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Inlet #141698

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April 24th, 2016

The RTA trash average for this week is 2.91 – almost a 6 percentage decrease from last last week’s survey.

Among the trash at RTA K there lay a sofa cushion among the trash.  This RTA is consistently rated a 5, likely because trash flows with rainfall downhill and collects in this spot.

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While this area is typically clean, it isn’t uncommon to see trash bags filled with trash laying on the sidewalk.

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It is however very common to see trash on the ground surrounding the bus stop at RTA O, as well as in the planters adjacent to the bushes.

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RTA D was cleaned once again, leaving us to speculate exactly how long it will take before the orange peels begin to pile back up against the strip of grass.

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The average temperature leading up to this week’s survey was 64 degrees Fahrenheit. Late on the 22nd into the 23rd there was a heavy rain event leading to light rain.

The average inlet clog rate this week is 1.24, which is back down to the average from two surveys ago. The quick, heavy rain could have washed any debris that settled in the inlets last week into the creek. The total amount of trash recorded on the survey is 256 pieces. This is significantly lower than last week’s 378 pieces.

Inlet #127512, located along Rising Sun Avenue, is still caved in on itself. Stepping on the sides of the inlet covers causes them to freely move.

Inlet #127512

Inlet #127512

Inlet #159595, at the intersection of Rising Sun Avenue and Adams Avenue, has been repaired.

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Inlet #159595 Before

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March 26th, 2016

The RTA trash average for this survey is 3.05 – a 4 percent difference from last week’s survey.

People continue to put their trash in the planter at RTA O, and trash continues to collect around the bus stop benches.

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RTA S has becoming increasingly more littered.  Cigarettes, cigarette boxes, and all other small articles of trash are strewn about rather evenly across the RTA.  It is no concentrated around the bus stop bench.

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The Rising Sun Avenue Commercial Corridor is consistently trashy.  Due to the lack of trashcans, people make trash heaps to place their trash.

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There was no significant precipitation leading up to this week’s survey. Average temperature for the week prior is 49 degrees Fahrenheit.

The inlet clogging rate increased to 1.33 from the last survey’s rate of 1.24. There was also an increase in the amount of trash counted, from last week’s count of 259 to this week at  378 total pieces of trash counted. The amount of cigarettes counted this week is almost double that of the last survey, with a total of 139 cigarettes counted this week.

Inlet #134866 had the highest amount of trash counted compared to all the other inlets with a total of 29 pieces of litter, 11 of which were cigarettes. It’s bordering inlet(#127354) had 10 cigarettes counted and a total of 14 pieces counted overall.

Inlet #127354 (left), Inlet #134866 (right)

Inlet #127354 (left), Inlet #134866 (right)

Down the hill heading south on Heading south down the hill on Rising Sun Ave, this pattern is seen again with the next set of double inlets. In each of these pairs, the inlet that comes first when traveling down the hill had higher amounts of trash observed than its neighbor. Inlet #153864 had 17 cigarettes and a total trash count of 20. It’s neighboring sewer inlet had 8 cigarettes with a trash total of 11.

Inlet #146284 (left), Inlet #153864 (right)

Inlet #146284 (left), Inlet #153864 (right)

Inlet #190139 consistently has zero trash or litter at or around the mouth of the inlet. However, the belly of the inlet is overwhelmingly filled with plastic bottles and who know what other types of trash. This is because of not only the wide open mouth of the inlet, but also because of its location at the bottom of the hill on Rising Sun Ave.

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Inlet #190139

 

 

 

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March 19th, 2016

The average temperature leading up to our survey was 58 degrees Fahrenheit. The last significant rain event was the 14th with 0.82 inches of precipitation. Our survey this week was chilly with chances of snow in the next couple days.

 

The average RTA rating is at 3.05, a 14% decrease from the previous survey’s rating of 3.47.  RTA D still has a substantial amount of trash/litter that has been collecting into quite the pile.

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RTA D

RTA J received a rating of 3 because of the large amount of cigarette butts that are noticeable with a closer, more careful look. This trend is continued to be seen at other RTA zones.

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RTA J

We observed RTA A as it was in the process of being cleaned up by what we assumed to be an employee of the bakery. It was clear that one half of the RTA had been cleaned up by this man, but there was visibly a significant amount of trash and litter on the half that he was just beginning to clean. one half was at a 1 and the other a 5, so this zone received a 3 for this week’s survey.

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The average inlet clog rate is 1.24, this is quite a bit less than last week’s average of 1.63. A few of the inlets along Rising Sun Avenue that fall consistently at a clog rate of 5 have been cleared. The total amount of litter accumulated is 259 pieces, which is also a bit less than last week’s 295. This could be attributed to the clearing of the clogged inlets.

Inlet #127512, a double inlet located along Rising Sun Avenue, has collapsed at the corner that the mouths meet at.

Inlet #127512

Inlet #127512

As mentioned in last week’s survey, inlet #120010, located on Rising Sun Avenue outside of Michel’s Bakery, is cleared. Inlet #164123, also on Rising Sun Avenue, has also been cleared.

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Inlet #164123 before

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Inlet #164123 now

Inlet #159595, at the intersection of Adams and Rising Sun Avenues, now has a cone placed over the hole that formed and will be fixed shortly.

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March 13th, 2016

The RTA trash average for this past week was 3.47–a 9 percent increase from last week’s survey.

The stretch of Adams Avenue from one end of the Rising Sun Shopping Plaza to the other had significant amounts of trash.  While RTA Q stayed fairly consistent with its trash accumulation, RTA R and S were noticeably more trashy, although this has been a trend for RTA S.  The trash mostly consisted of small pieces of paper and cigarette butts.

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Consistent with prior surveys, RTA T is not much different; paper and plastic articles of trash, as well as cigarette butts near the Rising Sun Plaza driveway litter the grass.

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RTA was once again completely littered.

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Trash continues to collect at RTA D.
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The weather has gotten significantly warmer with an average of 68 degrees Fahrenheit leading up to this week’s survey. There weren’t any rain events before the survey.

The average inlet clog rate this week is 1.63, which is just slightly less than the last survey’s average of 1.8. The total amount of litter observed is 295, which is not a significant change.

Inlet #120010, located in front of Michel’s Bakery along Rising Sun Avenue, is significantly less clogged than it typically is. Usually there isn’t even a clear opening.

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Inlet #120010 before

Inlet #120010 this week

Inlet #120010 this week

Inlet #159595, located in the intersection of Adams and Rising Sun Avenues, has shown signs of degradation but this week is completely broken through.

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Inlet #159595

Inlet #134866, located outside of Cardone on Rising Sun Avenue, contains much more trash than usual, possibly due to construction along Cardone.

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Inlet #134866

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February 19th, 2016

The average temperature leading up to our survey this week was 31 degrees Fahrenheit. The last rain event was the 16th with 0.59 inches.

The RTA trash average for this week is 3.82–an 18 percent increase from last week’s survey.

Cigarette butts are appearing in new places, and in greater numbers.

The lawn at RTA R was lightly covered in small pieces plastic and paper, but further down the lawn there were large concentrations of cigarette butts.  They were most notable at RTA S.

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RTA T is also pretty similar in this  regard.  More cigarette butts are accumulating near the Rising Sun Plaza driveway.

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The lawn at RTA A (Michelle’s bakery) was completely trashed.  Among the usual plastic and paper, there were also blue hair nets, likely coming from inside the bakery.

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At RTA D, the trash continues to pile up.  A small carton of eggs has recently been added to the collection.

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The average inlet clog rate is 1.8, which is an insignificant change from last week. The total amount of litter observed is 294, which is also an insignificant change.

Inlet #145994, located in Hill Creek Housing Development, is housing someone’s fliers. There were several other bunches of newspapers throughout the development as well.

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Inlet #145994

Waypoint 7, located in Rising Sun Plaza, has resurfaced after two weeks of being covered in snow. The waypoint contains a significant amount of trash from the plowed snow.

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Waypoint 7

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February 6th, 2016

The average temperature leading up to this week’s survey was 44 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain/snow mix February 5th left only 0.39 inches and did not stick.

The RTA average for this week’s survey is 3.23–about an 11 percent increase from last week’s survey.

The snow from last week’s blizzard has finally melted and all the trash in the survey area is much more visible.

There was a mattress laying in the grass at RTA K, adding itself to the assortment of mattresses that lay on both sides of Rising Sun avenue on both side of the Rising Sun Avenue bridge.
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At RTA O, plastic bottles lay in the flower bin outside the Hillcreek Homes front desk office.  Trash also circled around the bus stop bench.
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Similarly, trash has collected at the bus stop bench directly across the street at RTA S.  This trash mostly consists of plastic bottles, an empty food container, and cigarette butts.
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At RTA D, the orange peels that have been there for weeks are beginning to break down as more trash collects around them.  This stretch of Rising Sun Avenue is consistently the trashiest section of the survey.
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The average inlet clog rate this week is 1.86., which is much lower than last week’s 2.88 because snow has melted. The total amount of litter observed is 291.

The melting of the snow uncovered a significant amount of trash in some inlets, such as inlet #143111, along Rising Sun Avenue.

Inlet #143111

Inlet #143111

Conversely, some inlets were left cleaner, such as inlet #145784 along Adams Avenue. This inlet is right on the traveled part of the road, whereas inlet #143111 is located outside of the bike lane, and is often used as a parking spot. The position of inlet #145784 means that plows most likely went across it, taking any trash with them and leaving the inlet slightly cleaner than it typically is.

Inlet #145784

Inlet #145784

Inlet #1267274, located in Hill Creek Housing Development, contains bags full of trash.

Inlet #126274

Inlet #126274

Waypoint 6, located in Rising Sun Plaza, is completely cleared, but surrounded by snow. As the snow pile melts, the water and trash gathered move toward the waypoint. This is why waypoint 6, which is typically clean, now has trash accumulated at it.

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Waypoint 6

Waypoint 7, also in Rising Sun Plaza, has been completely covered in plowed snow for two weeks now.

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Waypoint 7

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January 29th, 2016

Although Philadelphia was recently hit by winter storm Jonas, which lasted from Friday, January 22nd to Sunday, January 24th, the weather has been relatively mild following the storm. The week leading up to our survey averaged at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and next week is expected to get warmer.

Despite warmer temperatures, there is still a healthy covering of snow on the ground. The snow completely covered and clogged many of the inlets. The average clog rate for this survey is 2.88. This is a significant increase from last week’s 1.96. The total amount of litter observed is 132 pieces compared to last week’s 354. The snow concealed not only the inlets but any trash that might be in or around the mouths of the inlets.

The RTA trash average for this week’s survey is 2.9–a 5 percent decrease from last week’s survey.  Part of the reason for such a low RTA average might be because much of the trash was hidden underneath all the snow.

Walking up Rising Sun Avenue, there was a pile of trash in the middle of the sidewalk at RTA M.  It looks as if a bag busted open and all the trash inside of it fell out.
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At RTA O, trash circled around the bus stop bench.  Most of it consisted of plastic bottles, paper containers, and aluminum cans.  There is currently no place for bus patrons to discard of their trash, so it ends up on the ground.
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RTA A might look much cleaner than in recent weeks, but upon further inspection much of the trash is still there;it’s just hidden underneath the snow.

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The grass replanting at the Cardone Factory is finished.  There was not much trash on the lawn, and any cigarette butts that might typically be on the outskirts of the building were covered under the snow.

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*note* RTA H has changed slightly; it is no longer a strip of grass, but a full slice of lawn.

Photo of RTA H from a previous survey.

Photo of RTA H from a previous survey.

Photo of RTA H from this survey.

Photo of RTA H from this survey.

Inlet #143111, located along Rising Sun Avenue, is a good example of what many of the inlets look like currently. A few along Rising Sun are unidentifiable under the snow.

Inlet #143111

Inlet #143111

Several inlets located in Hill Creek Housing Development are also covered.

Inlet #120482

Inlet #120482

The warm weather as well as snow removal efforts have cleared some inlets, such as inlet #158929, located in Hill Creek. Several inlets, such as this one, still contain leaves.

Inlet #158929

Inlet #158929

Inlet #145651, in Hill Creek, contains more trash than is typically recorded. The trash is almost entirely from fast food restaurants.

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Inlet #145651

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January 20th, 2016

The previous week has involved more seasonal temperatures compared to some of our past surveys for this time, with an average temperature of 28 degrees Fahrenheit. There was a quick snowfall event occurring on the night of January 17th, but only dropping .04 inches of snow.

This week we counted a total of 354 pieces of litter, 154 of which were cigarettes. This number is significantly higher than the our previous observed amount (1/13). The average clog rate is at 1.96, up from the previous survey (1/13) average of 1.76.

We continue to see the trend of organic matter (dirt, rocks, leaves) being the main cause of clogging in sewer inlets that have the highest clog ratings. Some examples of this occurrence are

Inlet 164123:

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Inlet 120010:

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Inlet 143111:

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Inlet 153864:

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The average RTA rating this week 3.06, the same rating as the previous survey. We are noticing more of the trash in the back of RTA “L”. IT seems to be household garbage being tossed out the back of the residences and down the side of the hill. The hill is in the distance, so I very clear image has been difficult, but it can be noticed:

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RTA “O” can sometimes be one of the more littered RTA zones, depending on how recently the residence groundskeepers have tended to the plot. This week it was spotless and earned a rating of 1.

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RTA “A” was a complete mess today. The long plot was equally covered with small pieces of scattered litter, many of which seemed to be hairnets from the bakery, snacks and other products typically sold at convenience stores, and from local fast food facilities.

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