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Citizens Against Litter

January 2008 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Meet & Greet Mixer; "Earth Against Litter" April 18-20; Litter's not being picked up; Greenfield does it well; The litter side of the street; Become a litter champion; New Year's resolution; "Sitting on their porches"; It's against the law; "I Litter" awards; Garbagevilles; Important phone numbers; Tell Mr. Letterman

Our mission

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

Meet & Greet Mixer

For months, the Clean Pittsburgh Commission contacted people in every city neighborhood, identifying leaders who organize neighborhood cleanups. A Meet & Greet networking event will be held Thursday, January 17 at the Schenley Park Ice-Skating Rink, from 6 to 8 p.m. Joining the Clean Pittsburgh Commission at this first Clean Pittsburgh Steward event will be Mayor Ravenstahl, elected officials and department heads and supervisors. The event is all about litter and blight and connecting neighborhoods. Invitations are in the mail.

"Earth Against Litter" April 18-20

Pittsburgh's citywide Redd Up is going countywide. The successful October Redd Up is maturing quickly beyond the 82 neighborhoods that were pulled together by Citizens Against Litter. It's becoming a regional event. Last October, there were 7 cleanups in Allegheny County and 10 in Beaver County. So far, 130 neighborhoods and municipalities say they will join the spring Redd Up on the April 18-20 weekend preceding Earth Day (April 22). Participating are:


Allegheny West, Allentown, Banksville, Banksville Road Corridor, Bedford Dwelling, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Belmar Gardens, Bloomfield, Bluff, Bon Air, Brighton Heights, Brightwood, Brookline, Carrick, California-Kirkbride, Central North Side, Chartiers (City), Crafton Heights, Downtown Pittsburgh, Duquesne Heights, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, East Liberty, Elliott, Fairywood, Friendship, Garfield, Greenfield, Hazelwood, Highland Park, Lawrenceville, Lower Hill, Morningside, Mount Washington, Mount Oliver (city), Mexican War Streets, Northview Heights, Oakland, Overbrook (Fairhaven Greenery), Perry Hilltop, Polish Hill, Ridgemont, Regent Square, Schenley Heights, Shadyside, South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, Spring Garden, St. Clair, Strip District, Swisshelm Park, Troy Hill, Uptown, West End, Westwood and Windgap.

The Redd Up Coalition neighborhoods of Homewood, Squirrel Hill North Point Breeze, South Point Breeze and Park Place have scheduled their Redd Up for May 3 & 4 because of a conflict with the Jewish Passover in April.

Allegheny County:

Firm: Aleppo, Aspinwall, Bell Acres, Bethel Park, Bradford Woods, Cranberry, Dormont, Edgeworth, Emsworth, Etna, Forest Hills, Fox Chapel, Franklin Park, Gibsonia, Hampton, Harrison, Heidelberg, Indiana, Marshall, McCandless, Millvale, Mount Oliver, Monroeville, Moon, North Versailles, Oakmont, O'Hara, Ohio, Pine, Pitcairn, Reserve Richland, Ross, Scott, Shaler, Sharpsburg, Tarentum, Turtle Creek, Verona, West Deer, West View, Whitehall and Wilkinsburg.

Considering: Baldwin Township, Brentwood, Cheswick, Churchill, East Pittsburgh, Fawn, Harmar, Jefferson Hills, North Braddock, Plum, Penn Hills, Rankin, Sewickley, South Park, Springdale and Wilmerding.

Beaver County:

Ambridge, Beaver, Brighton, Bridgewater, Center, Chippewa, Freedom, Harmony, Midland, Monaca, New Brighton, Rochester and Vanport.

Litter's not being picked up

I'm sorry to break the news to you but it's a rare sight to see people picking up litter. Yes, there is less litter on Shadyside streets because more people are not dropping things on sidewalks and streets. Yes, there is less litter because homeowners are cleaning up more around their property. But walk Walnut Street, as I do often, and I just don't see people bending over and picking up litter. Often litter is right in front of their face. Newspaper pages and sections, bright yellow fast food drink cups, red cups, cigarette boxes, etc. You get the idea. If picking up litter by enough people is not happening in my neighborhood, it's not happening in yours either.

I'm not discouraged...but it would be nice to see more bending and picking up. I'm not giving up on Citizens Against Litter...but it would be nice to have more company picking up other people's messes. I'm not going negative on you...but if the hundreds of people who are now reading our Newslitter would get in the habit of bending and picking up more we'd set a great example for the other hundreds who will copy what we're doing.

Remember that people who care must pick up for people who don't...if we want to turn litter into glitter.

Greenfield does it well

Connect Greenfield has one of the most active year-round volunteer citizens against litter groups in the city. Volunteers pick up regularly. Connect Greenfield issues monthly tallies. In November, for example, 13 volunteers reported their totals -- 35 bags.

The litter side of the street

Interesting what's happening outside Shadyside Hospital. The hospital has kicked out its smokers, both employees and patient visitors. So they smoke like furnaces on the sidewalks along Aiken and Centre, creating more cigarette litter than most places. The hospital has a responsibility to "police" its own property and keep the butt traffic to a minimum.

Become a litter champion

What say we copy an idea from Verizon? Verizon has a "Become a Literacy Champion" program and asked customers to donate $1 to combat literacy. My idea is, "Become a Litter Champion" and donate your time every month. Share your e-mail with us and we'll put you in touch with the Clean Pittsburgh Steward in your neighborhood.

New Year's resolutions

"Sitting on their porches"

In his inauguration speech, Mayor Ravenstahl said, "Sitting on their porches, people should expect our streets to be clean and our streets to be safe."

It's against the law

You're reminded when you renew your state vehicle owner's registration. Pennsylvania has laws against littering on roadways and on public and private property. Section 3709 of the state vehicle code provides for a fine of up to $300

"I Litter" awards

Here's a list of businesses and non-profits that litter in Shadyside. Believe me. I pick up their litter. Don't only blame drive-by litter throwers or casual droppers.


For those who need reminded, Garbagevilles are houses, buildings, streets, alleys and places that look awful because of litter, garbage, upswept leaves, and other stuff. They're eyesores. Here are some this month. Most have been on the list forever.

Important phone numbers

Need to contact the city about something that has been bothering you? Call the 311 Response line (alternate number is 412-255-2620). Your request will be logged and sent to the proper department. Want to contact someone directly? The following list may help.

Tell Mr. Litterman

"Thank you for teaching us about litter, wrote a third grader from Kentucky Avenue School in Shadyside. "Now I know litter is really, really bad for this city. I will clean the city with everyone. I will tell my friends not to litter. I will be a happy Kid Against Litter."

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