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Citizens Against Litter

Who are we?

We are people of all ages. We are a loosely connected group of Pittsburgh residents and merchants who are passionate about picking up litter in our neighborhoods. We are involved in the Redd Up Pittsburgh movement.

Active since March 2005, our band of volunteers is making a big impact. Streets, gutters, sidewalks, grassy places and alleys are cleaner. We started in Shadyside, but our reach goes far beyond Walnut Street. What we accomplish here can be replicated in other neighborhoods throughout Pittsburgh.

Litter around town: Butts on Route 19

Butts on Route 19

July 30, 2013: Dana Dekman snapped this picture while waiting to merge on to Route 19 and added this commentary: "This is only 2 feet of Route 19. Trillions are littered each year. Cigarettes are the most littered item in the world. People need to be educated that they are NOT biodegradable. They take 15 years or longer to decompose. A cigarette has over 4000 chemicals in it and when it gets wet it releases more chemicals that cannot be filtered out. They all end up in our oceans and drinking water. South Carolina has billboards that say 'Our earth is not your ashtray.' West Virginia has signs for litter stating the fine can be $25,000 and jail time. I didn't see much litter there while driving by. They scared people and it worked."

If a picture's worth a thousand words, then we have a lot to say. Check back often, or visit our photo collection for more pictures of litter, and, when things go right, maybe even some glitter.

Submissions encouraged

Do you know of a trouble spot that you'd like to highlight? Snap a picture and mail it to us. Only by identifying the problem can we begin to solve it.

Entertaining Litter-ature

November 2015 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Next Spring Redd Up April 15-17; Hail to Pitt; We want last month's Redd Up results; 2015 Fall Redd Up less than 2014; Saw Mill Run's 1st stream cleanup; Collier, PMADD clean up Woodville cemetery litter; Wilkins's Ridgewood Manor does its thing; Can Pittsburgh imitate Paris?; Report mailbox graffiti; "I Litter" awards; Garbagevilles; Important phone numbers; 60 years ago; The last word

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Neighborhood News

Students clean up McKeesport for first time as part of Pitt Make a Difference Day

Coverage of the Fall Redd Up in McKeesport, courtesy of the Tribune-Review.

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