PHA’s Crackdown on Illegal Dumping

PHA’s Crackdown on Illegal Dumping Nets First Arrest in Sharswood

The agency says it is serious about stopping people from dumping trash in up-and-coming neighborhood

(Philadelphia– April 17, 2019) – Frustrated by people dumping large loads of trash in empty lots in Sharswood, the Philadelphia Housing Authority announced recently that it would work with Philadelphia police to arrest and prosecute illegal dumpers. Today, PHA announced the first arrests and charges in the campaign.

Parris Griffin of South Conestoga Street and Shakeil Calwise of North Newkirk Street have been charged with short-dumping after they were observed by PHA police dumping large bags of wood strips from their pickup truck on Lambert Street in Sharswood.

“I don’t know why some people feel it is their right to dump trash into lots and along sidewalks in Sharswood,” said PHA President and CEO Kelvin Jeremiah. “This neighborhood had been down for a very long time but we and our partners are investing hundreds of millions of dollars into transforming the area. We want to send a clear message to dumpers that their activity will not be tolerated by us or, more importantly, residents in this community.”

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