Friday, July 9, 2021

SOSNA Newsletter


With the increase in severe weather, a pandemic and overworked and underpaid sanitation workers, we decided to reach out to our own Clean & Green Committee members to hear how they try to reduce their waste in their homes every day.

We've put together all their ideas so we can collectively work together to make our streets cleaner and (literally) take some of the load off our sanitation workers.


Our biz corridor clean up is back on Sunday, 7/11!

We surveyed business owners to ask what helps bring people into their shops. The unanimous answer? CLEAN STREETS!

Come out Sunday, 7/11 for a little sweeping (and maybe a little shopping) to help us support our biz corridors by keeping them clean! Meet at our office (1901 Wash Ave, entrance on 19th) by 8:50a to grab tools and supplies.

Can't make it to the clean up?

Please consider donating to SOSNA to help us cover the cost of supplies.


Vicinity Energy and ACV Enviro will be hosting a Battery Recycling Event during two of our upcoming Music In The Triangle performances. Start putting aside your used batteries to bring on Thursday, July 15 and August 12 for recycling!

We can accept lead acid, nickel cadmium, lithium ion, and alkaline batteries. We’re glad to take them off your hands!

WHAT: Battery Recycling during Music in the Triangle

WHEN: Thursday, July 15 & Thursday, August 12, 5:30-7:30p

WHERE: Triangle Plaza, 23rd & South

Plastic-Free July

Plastic Free July®is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

Take the Challenge

Philly’s plastic bag ban went into effect July 1!

Starting July 1st, there will be a ban on single-use plastic bags to reduce plastic waste and clean up the city’s streets and waterways. All commercial businesses will be included from food, clothing, home goods, and delivery. Dry cleaner bags, garbage bags, or bags for perishable foods (I.e., fish, meats, flowers, etc.) for goods sold inside stores are not included in the ban. Even so, the change will not happen overnight

(via Green Cities)

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Re+Candle Jar Recycling

The Chandlery is now recycling old candle jars. Now you can bring them to the shop and get a free Old City Canning candle!

How it works:

1. Remove any remaining wax from the vessel.
2. Remove the label.
3. Wash your vessel with soap and water.
4. Bring empty and clean vessels to the Chandlery and receive a punch card.
5. Once your punch card is full, receive a free candle or 10% off your purchase.

The Chandlery at 1533 South Street

Do you have some household items you're ready to bid farewell to this fall? Some clothing or furniture that could use a new home?

As part of the first SOSNA Second Saturday, we are promoting a Neighborhood-wide Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, September 11 from 9AM-2PM, and everyone is invited to participate!

All neighbors and local businesses are invited to join in, and for a $5-15 donation you can be listed on our official map with any items you'd like to advertise.

If you don’t live in the neighborhood but still want to participate, we have options for you! We will also be providing space in our new community center at 1901B Washington Avenue (corner of 19th & League St) as well as other public locations in the neighborhood. If you need space to vend, simply select that option on the form.


The South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) is a neighborhood civic association established to improve the quality of life and serve as a resource for residents and businesses by actively encouraging and promoting neighborhood activities and civic involvement in the area bounded by the south side of South Street to the north side of Washington Avenue and the west side of Broad Street to the Schuylkill River.

SOSNA is committed to creating programs and initiatives that cultivate a diverse and inclusive neighborhood. We will continue to embrace the rich history of our neighborhood, build a Board that represents the community and aspire to create an environment that empowers its residents by providing access to resources, clean and green spaces, equitable development, safer streets, and community support, including those of all races, ages, gender identities, LGBTQAI+ identities, socioeconomic statuses, varying abilities, ethnicities, perspectives and experiences. We will achieve this mission through intentional listening, story sharing and displaying empathy while purposefully centering voices of historically excluded individuals and communities.

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