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October cleanup a success

We have reports in from about half the neighborhoods and are able to project some core results of the Redd Up Weekend of October 12-14. By all accounts, it was a smashing success.

Related: Read the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review recap.

We are estimating that between 5,500 and 6,000 adults and school kids participated; 3,500 students from 40 plus schools and between 2,000 and 2,500 adults.

We also are estimating -- and we worked on this with Public Works -- that volunteers collected 3,200 to 4,000 large bags of litter which translates to 25 to 30 tons.

It appears that 80 to 82 city neigborhoods actually participated, down from the 87 neighborhoods we projected originally based on personal contacts. We are very pleased with the response. There were good reasons some neighborhoods didn't.

We are already beginning to plan the next neighborhood-by-neighborhood Redd Up. Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22, 2008. We have circled April 18-20 for the Redd Up. A third grade student at Kentucky Ave. School (Shadyside) suggested the name "Earth Against Litter" in a letter to me after I spoke at her school. At the time she did not know Citizens Against Litter was planning an event tied to Earth Day. "Earth Against Litter" is a wonderful name for this Earth Day event. And coming from a third grader makes it even better.

School kids are very important to anti-litter activities and litter education. They're engaged and talk to their adults about litter and influence adult attitudes and behavior. We hope we can build on the support we received from Pittsburgh Public Schools. We welcome your assistance in this regard.

We also plan to continue building on participation outside the city, especially in Allegheny County and Beaver County. Seven communities participated in Allegheny County. Ten towns participated in Beaver County with upwards of 150 volunteers and the collection of more than 200 bags of litter.

Thank you for all that you do. Citizens Against Litter looks forward to your continued help and support.

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