Watch out for the Yellow Jackets!

Every Sunday afternoon a team of QVNA Yellow Jackets attack curbside trash dropped by people as they walk from South Street.  And that trash really adds up — because every month, QVNA removes ONE TON OF TRASH from Queen Village.

Queen Village Neighbors Association helps improve the quality of life of residents.  That’s why we invest in hiring curbside sweepers for the five major north-south streets from Bainbridge Street to Washington Avenue:

  • West side of Front Street
  • Both sides of 2nd, 3rd, 5th
  • Moyamensing Avenue
  • Passyunk from Fitzwater to Queen Streets
  • East side of 6th Street

South Street Headhouse District invests in sweeping these same streets from Lombard to Bainbridge Street, all of 4th Street (Fabric Row) from Lombard to Christian, and South Street from Front to 11th Street. Thank you, SSHD!

Become a Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee Block Captain

Become a block captain and register with the Streets Department’s Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) for seasonal cleanup resources. The PMBC Program is a partnership between the city and its residents to keep their blocks clean.  To become a block captain, you will need the support of 51 percent of the residents on your block.

Contact QVNA at to let us know if A) you are already a block captain and for what block and B) if you plan to sign up, for what block?

Here’s information on the program →

Be a Smarter Discarder

By Lauren Leonard

As part of its quest to become the greenest city in the nation, the City of Philadelphia has expanded recycling as a means of improving the environment, the economy and quality of life for all residents. According the Streets Department, residential curbside recycling rates are at an all-time high with a record 128,000 tons of recyclable materials being collected in 2014. As is apparent on Friday morning’s in Queen Village when sidewalks are crowded with items not yet at the end of their useful life, however, there is still room for improvement.

Much of what we discard weekly isn’t actually trash. In fact, as the saying goes, it may actually, to someone else, be treasure. The first (and often simplest) step to improving our neighborhood environment, economy and quality of life is by diverting waste from landfill; becoming smarter discarders. With this in mind, the Quality of Life (QOL) committee offers some resources for more responsible disposal of unwanted items.

Philly Aids Thrift
710 S 5th St | 215.922.3186

Accepts gently used appliances, books, cars, CDs, records, tapes, clothing, shoes, accessories, DVDs, VHS tapes, electronics and stereo equipment, furniture, home furnishings and household items, jewelry, sporting goods. Proceeds go to local organizations involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles
832 N Broad St | 215.546.9616

A free furniture pick-up service. Email photos of your gently used furniture to to expedite the screening and pickup process. 100% of proceeds from contributions benefit the African People’s Education and Defense Fund.

Bella Boutique
527 S 4th Street | 610.594.6844

Accepts for consignment high-quality clothing in excellent condition this is in current style, freshly laundered and ironed; perfume; like-new jewelry, shoes and purses.

Back on My Feet (BoMF)/Shoebox Recycling

Donate gently used athletic shoes, raise awareness about the global impact of shoe recycling and help put reusable, renewable shoes on people who need affordable options. BoMF works to empower, educate and employee homeless Philadelphians.

Mostly Books Warehouse
529 Bainbridge Street | 215.238.9838

Mostly Books is always accepting books, music, and CDs for store credit. Give 35% of value of books to owner in form of store credit.

Bennett Compost | 215.520.2406

The average person throws away 1600 pounds of food per year! Composter’s throw away half of this. Sign up for $15/ month curbside weekly pickup of food and compostable waste.

eForce Compliance

Provides compliant electronic recycling services to both commercial and residential markets, proper disposal and recycling of electronics and other difficult to recycle materials.

The Philadelphia Streets Department

Provides curbside pickup of mattresses. Mattresses and box springs must be bagged and sealed in plastic mattress bags when placed curbside. Items may be set out on your regular trash day. (They do not have to be bagged if taken to a Sanitation Convenience Center.)

The Philadelphia Streets Department

Residents may continue to set out compactable furniture, such as sofas for collection at curbside, up to two items per week. (For gently used items, refer to above list.) The Streets Department does not accept metal oversized items or tires as part of curbside collection. Automotive tires and appliances, such as stoves, washing machines, refrigerators, hot water heaters, etc. should be taken away by a private hauler, or residents may bring these items (limit of two oversized items and four tires) to a Sanitation Convenience Center.

For more information on responsible disposal, visit the following resources: