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Citizens Against Litter

February 2009 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Beechview fundraiser; Don't trash that TV; Official spring Redd Up dates; 120 "In" and counting; Need gloves and bags?; Pittsburgh Cares volunteers; Anti-litter education; Pittsburgh's finest vs. ugliest; Kosovo TV film in the can; "Recycling bags bowing everywhere"; Clean Pittsburgh Steward Mixer; "I Litter" awards; Garbagevilles; Important phone numbers; We want volunteers; Fiskars Project Orange Thumb; Did you know?; Tips from clips

Our mission

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

Beechview fundraiser

Max Hurwitz of Pretty Up Beechview tells us his community group will hold a benefit concert to raise money for next summer's projects. It will be Friday, February 13 at The Smiling Moose, 1306 East Carson Street on the South Side at 9 p.m. Performing bands, all with members from Beechview, will be Zero Returns, Motorpychos and Iron Crown

Don't trash that TV

This information comes from the PA Resources Council with support from Waste Management and the City of Pittsburgh.

Drop-off your television on Saturday, February 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for recycling and keep it out of the landfill. There are two locations: City Environmental Services Facility at 3001 Railroad Street and Construction Junction at 214 North Lexington Street There is a fee. For more information see or call 412-488-7490, ext. 236.

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.

120 "In" and counting

The number of communities and groups that will participate in the spring Redd Up April 24-26 (or around those dates) is now over 120. Citizens Against Litter has heard positively from more than 80 city neighborhoods and communities in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Washington counties.

Pittsburgh: Allentown, Arlington, Banksville, Beautify Banksville Road, Bedford Dwellings, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Bloomfield, Bluff, Bon Air, Brightwood, Brighton Heights, Brookline, Carrick, California-Kirkbride, Central Northside, Chartiers, Crafton Heights, Downtown, Duquesne Heights, Duquesne University Evergreen, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, East Hills, East Liberty, Elliott, Explorers Club, Fineview, Friendship, Friends of the Riverfront (Jail Trail), Friends of Route 28, 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, Nine Mile Run Watershed Assoc., Northview Heights, Oakland, Observatory Hill, Overbrook (Fairhaven Greenway), Park Place, Perry Hilltop, Pittsburgh Cares, Pittsburgh Job Corps, Polish Hill, Regent Square, Renew Pittsburgh, Ridgemont, Schenley Heights, Shadyside, Sheraden, South Side, South Side Slopes, South Point Breeze, Spring Garden, Spring Hill, St. Nicholas Cathedral, Squirrel Hill, St. Clair, Stanton Heights, Summer Hill, Swisshelm Park, Troy Hill, Uptown, Westwood and Windgap

Allegheny County: Aspinwall, Bethel Park, Brackenridge, Dormont, Etna, Findlay, Fox Chapel, Franklin Park, Gibsonia, Hampton, Heidelberg, Homestead, Leetsdale, Mount Oliver, McCandless, McKees Rocks, Millvale, North Fayette, Ohio, Penn Hills, Pine, Reserve, Richland, Ross, Rosslyn Farms, Shaler, South Park, Tarentum, Verona, West View, White Oak, Wilkins, and Wilkinsburg

Beaver County: Ambridge, Beaver, Brighton, Center, Darlington and Vanport

Butler County: Butler

Washington County: Cross Creek, Nottingham

Need gloves and bags?

Allegheny CleanWays invites groups in city neighborhoods, boroughs and townships to contact them for gloves and bags for their volunteers for the April Redd Up. You can contact them now. Email or call 412-381-1301. Contact Allegheny CleanWays soon. Don't be shut out.

Pittsburgh Cares volunteers

Neighborhoods and communities can request volunteer help for their Redd Ups through Pittsburgh Cares. Requests should be made as soon as possible. One time volunteer request forms for your Redd Up can be found on their web site on the page for nonprofits.

Anti-litter education

Roberta Sciulli of Ambridge wants to see more emphasis from litter pick up to litter prevention (education) in all communities. She says, "Ambridge School District is taking a step in this direction. The Committee to Clean and Beautify Ambridge teamed up with the Ambridge School District Elementary PTO and sponsored an anti litter magic show January 9. Six hundred and fifty kids received the message along with anti-littering coloring books and other child-friendly material including anti-litter bags that they will use in their family vehicles. We need to move from reactive in terms of picking up litter to a more proactive approach with prevention (education). Just my 2 cents."

Pittsburgh's finest vs. ugliest

Keith Knecht, Clean Pittsburgh Steward in Brookline wrote, "Recently while looking out of my home office window overlooking Brookline Boulevard a couple of 50ish low lifes rolled up to the stop light at the corner of Flatbush and threw trash out of their van. Unbeknownst to them, two city cops were sitting in the window of Antonio's Pizza having a slice. They were both young, strong dudes leapt out of their chairs and stopped the car. Then the driver gave the cop some lip! Can you believe that??? Ha! It was lights out. That cop dressed him down for five minutes straight and gave him a big ticket. After getting volunteers to pick up tons of litter from our streets I was practically jumping up and down with excitement! I ran over to the officers, explained who I was and thanked them. It was so cool to see that happen. It made my day! I wanted to buy them lunch."

Kosovo TV film in the can

U.S. State Department tells us the production of the documentary about how Pittsburgh neighborhoods deal with litter hit some snags but it has been shown on Kosovo TV. A copy of the film will be brought to Pittsburgh in a month or so. Jay Richter said the one hour Pittsburgh documentary (Part I) was well received in Kosovo and will be shown a second time. Part II, about Austin and Portland, is not finished. The State Department may offer the film to Pittsburgh television stations.

"Recycling bags blowing everywhere"

"Nobles Lane is atrocious," wrote a former Carrick resident. "I think some-not most-of the problem comes from recycling. I was in Carrick for a "blue bag day" and it was really blustery and bags were blowing everywhere."

Dawn Harder, Carrick's Clean Pittsburgh Steward, answered, "She's correct. We have made plans to clean this street this spring. Nobles Lane is very narrow with two-way traffic that speeds. It is a real hazard. There are limited sidewalks so it requires a plan to clean. We have some great idea how to take care of the area safely."

Clean Pittsburgh Steward Mixer

The Clean Pittsburgh Commission will honor neighborhood Clean Pittsburgh Stewards at its second Meet n' Greet Mixer Thursday, March 19 at the Schenley Park Ice Skating Rink Lodge from 6 to 8 p.m. An awards program for neighborhoods, stewards, volunteers, non-profits, schools and city employees will be initiated. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will speak.

"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.

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. Payoff: cleaner streets and community pride. Please contact or call 412-688-9120.

Fiskars Project Orange Thumb

Fiskars Project Orange Thumb grants give Fiskars garden tools and materials such as plants, seeds, mulch, etc. to eligible gardening groups. Maximum award: $1,500 in Fiskars garden tools and $800 in gardening-related materials (i.e. green goods). Eligibility: gardens and/or gardening projects geared toward community involvement, neighborhood beautification, horticultural education and/or sustainable agriculture. Deadline: February 17, 2009.

See for more information.

Did you know?

An article last year in the Pittsburgh Tribune said. "After receptacles were installed. Squirrel Hill and South Side have seen cigarette litter decreased by up to 46 percent, according to PA Resources Council".

In the same article Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership's Clean Team reported that 100,000 bags of litter were collected in 2007 and almost 30,000 miles of sidewalk and gutters were cleaned.

Tips from clips

Judy Pugar of Ambridge saw this in the November issue of Good Housekeeping. "According to the EPA, the energy saved from recycling just one aluminum drink can is enough to power a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours or a TV for two hours."

Recent Litter-ature

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