The Waste Free Philly coalition says the next mayor must look at uncollected trash, litter and illegal dumping to improve Philadelphians’ quality of life. —Steve Weinik photo

On any given day — whether in North, Northwest, Northeast, West or Southwest Philadelphia — you can walk past disgusting piles of trash including abandoned cars, plastic bags, water bottles, old masks and even broken toilets. The mounds of tires sometimes call to pyromaniacs to set them ablaze — posing a public safety threat.

Philadelphia officials have raised fines and installed cameras to catch dumping offenders, yet massive amounts of debris persist in neighborhoods across the city.

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