Christopher Mullins Jr. has a vision for his little block of Drury Street and his pub McGillin’s Olde Ale House, which has been in his family since 1958. It includes thriving restaurants, a hotel and a bustling commercial destination for Philadelphia residents and visitors alike. What doesn’t it include? Dumpsters – up to 22 of them at one time – crowding the sidewalk, stinking up the block and forcing pedestrians to walk in the middle of the street like a bizarre throwback to Philadelphia’s colonial era.
Instead, Mullins wants to create a “zero waste zone.” The parking lot adjacent to McGillin’s (currently owned by Goldman Properties) would become “Drury Street Garden,” a centralized waste collection area for the entire neighborhood. There would be a dumpster for trash, another for recycling and a BiobiN for composting kitchen waste. Neighbors would be paying the same price to use these facilities that they currently pay to trash haulers.