ABC 6 Action News – Filthadelphia. Deserved or not, it’s a nickname that makes no one proud. And in 2019, Philadelphia is now making a concerted effort to combat the city’s notorious litter problem and its dirty reputation. “We need to try our best to shake that image,” said Carlton Williams, commissioner of the Philadelphia Streets Department. “It stings. That connotation associated with Philadelphia is embarrassing and we don’t want to be associated with it.” The problem with litter is more than just an annoying eyesore. It’s a stain on Philadelphia’s public persona. For a city that generates billions of dollars from tourism, a dirty reputation can do economic damage.