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Citizens Against Litter

December 2008 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; A letter about litter; Official spring Redd Up dates; "Count us in"; Community Champions; Keeping Mt. Washington clean; Clean sweep on Walnut; Morewood & Centre; "I Litter" awards; Garbagevilles; Voice from the past; Important phone numbers; We want volunteers; From The Green Book

Our mission

To inspire people throughout the city and region to collect litter and connect neighborhoods.

A letter about litter

Dear Santa,

All I want is for litterers to think twice before littering.

For the good guys to pick up other people's messes.

Bring all of us cleaner neighborhoods.

Make litter go away.

Official spring Redd Up dates

The "official" date of the Great PA. Cleanup is Saturday, April 25 which comes after Earth Day (April 22). For Pittsburgh's three-day Redd Up weekend, Stash the Trash for school youngsters will be Friday, April 24. Most neighborhood volunteers will clean up Saturday, April 25. Other neighborhoods will clean up Sunday, April 26.

"Count us in"

More than 70 city neighborhoods (and groups) have already informed Citizens Against Litter they plan to participate in the spring Redd Up: Allentown, Arlington, Beautify Banksville Road, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Bloomfield, Bluff, Bon Air, Brightwood, Brighton Heights, Brookline, Carrick, California-Kirkbride, Central Northside, Crafton Heights, Duquesne Heights, Duquesne University Evergreen, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, East Liberty, Elliott, Fineview, Friendship, Friends of the Riverfront (Jail Trail), Garfield, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hays, Hazelwood, Highland Park, Homewood, Larimer, Lawrenceville, Lower Hill, Lincoln Place, Knoxville, Manchester, Mount Oliver, Mt. Washington, Mexican War Streets, New Homestead, Northview Heights, Oakland, Observatory Hill, Overbrook (Fairhaven Greenway), Perry Hilltop, Pittsburgh Job Corps, Polish Hill, Ridgemont, Shadyside, Sheraden, South Side, South Side Slopes, Spring Garden, Spring Hill, Squirrel Hill, St. Clair, Stanton Heights, Swisshelm Park, Troy Hill, Uptown, and Westwood.

Community Champions

Two Pittsburghers, active from the start in Citizens Against Litter, have been chosen as 2008 Community Champions.

Boris Weinstein started Citizens Against Litter in Shadyside five years ago. He organizes and coordinates two Redd Ups each year involving more than 80 city neighborhoods, many communities outside the city and thousands of volunteers.

Keith Knecht has been vice president of South Pittsburgh Development Corp. for several years. Keith is being honored for his participation in many projects in Brookline. He was one of the first to bring the Citizens Against Litter idea to his neighborhood.

Community Champions is part of the national Jefferson Awards volunteer recognition program founded in 1972. Boris and Keith are among 50 in Western Pennsylvania to be honored.

Keeping Mt. Washington clean

"We cleaned up Woodruff again and had about six bags again. It's such a pleasure to travel this beautiful street in the fall and not have to see trash. My hope is that visitors to the city and to Mt Washington who come up from Rt. 51 from the airport and points south appreciate our city and the beauty it has to offer. We have a long way to go to control trash and weeds. Each small effort on the part of the citizens can and will make the difference. Let's all continue to take pride in where we live."

C. Kirk French

Clean sweep on Walnut

Contributing to a cleaner Walnut Street (Shadyside) is a growing number of businesses that sweep their sidewalks and gutters in the morning. I saw a half dozen doing this on Election Day and the day after. It looks like it's become their regular routine. Bravo.

Morewood & Centre

You have to be impressed with the cleaner appearance of one of Shadyside's biggest eyesore at Morewood and Centre. Probably the owners of the old Ford Motor Building -- that would be UPMC -- should get the credit. The litter and trash that accumulated against the fence of the parking lot on Centre has been cleaned up. It's cleaner on the Morewood side as well. Trash and litter are sure to reappear. Here's hoping the owners will keep on top of it.

Mr. Litterman's Top 10

Also in Shadyside, our volunteers bend and pick up these kinds of litter the most. Our Top 10. Put a stop to this and Citizens Against Litter may literally go out of business.

  1. Receipts from the PNC ATM machine at Walnut and Bellefonte
  2. Receipts from the pay stations in the parking lots below Walnut Street
  3. Coffee lids from Walnut Street coffee houses
  4. Cigarette packs and boxes
  5. Advertising flyers
  6. Facial tissues
  7. Napkins from coffee houses
  8. Hot dog wrappers from the street vendor
  9. Plastic water bottles
  10. Drink cups

"I Litter" awards

Advertising flyers become litter in Shadyside and elsewhere. These businesses are responsible and put their business on Shadyside streets.


Garbagevilles are houses, buildings, streets, alleys and places that look awful because of litter, garbage, unswept leaves, cigarette butts and other stuff. Here are some.

Voice from the past

"It was great talking to you and remembering the good old days on Flemington Street (Greenfield). I received your newsletter and enjoyed reading about making the city cleaner. You are doing a great job under tough conditions. I think littering should be addressed in schools starting with the first grade and continuing through high school. I can't believe what I see when I drive along our roadways. Also, I like how you list the addresses of garbageville houses in Shadyside. This should get their attention."

Tullio Tozzi

Important phone numbers

Need to contact the city about something that has been bothering you, like potholes and graffiti? Call the 311 Response line (alternate number is 412-255-2621). Your request will be logged and sent to the proper department. Want to contact someone directly? The following list may help.

We want volunteers

Volunteers are wanted. The work is light. Hours are your own. No meetings. No dues. No money. The payoff? Cleaner streets and community pride. Please contact or call 412-688-9120.

From The Green Book

With the holidays here, The Green Books suggests skipping gift wrapping altogether, reuse ribbons, or use other paper materials like old newspapers or old maps. If each family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon each year, 38,000 miles' worth would be saved. That's enough to tie a bow around the entire planet.

Recent Litter-ature

A complete list of past Litterature is available in our archives.

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