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Citizens Against Litter

July 2009 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; You, us and G-20; Think Green. Think Redd; Pirates batting for Redd Up; South Side "Green N'at" start up; Adopt-A-Neighbor; Pitt "Make A Difference Day"; "I saw it! I saw it!"; "I Litter" Award; Garbagvilles; Village Pizza takes the prize; Important phone numbers; Nominate a Redd Up star

Our mission

Our mission is to inspire people throughout the city and region to collect litter and connect neighborhoods.

You, us and G-20

All roads to the diplomatic world stop in Pittsburgh on September 24 and 25 for the G-20 Summit.

All of us have our work cut out. City and county public works, merchant associations, neighborhood Clean Pittsburgh Stewards, Adopt-A-Highway sponsors and their volunteers, and residents like you and me.

Citizens Against Litter has shared some recommendations with the city to make us shine for G-20. We've urged the city to think "shine" beyond Downtown. Rest assured that the Downtown Partnership will do its part before and during the summit. We've requested "Main Street" participating business districts to redd up their sidewalks, gutters and streets; Public works departments to remove litter/trash from heavy-traffic roads that require lane closures (like Bigelow Boulevard, Crosstown Boulevard, McArdle Roadway, Ohio River Boulevard, Route 28); interchanges like Highland Park Bridge and West End Circle; and key city streets like Fifth and Forbes in Uptown and East and West Carson.

Citizens Against Litter will contact Clean Pittsburgh Stewards in all 89 city neighborhoods to call out their volunteers and redd up the week before G-20, especially main streets, business places and popular visitor attractions like the North Shore, Strip District, Grandview Area, South Side, Shadyside, the new arena construction site and Oakland.

We'll leave the big ideas to the White House and City and County event planners. Citizens Against Litter groups will stick to housekeeping 'cause the world's coming to our place.

Think Green. Think Redd

The hot colors today are green and redd. Green is the way to think these days. Some call it the 4R's-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover. Keep thinking Redd too. Pittsburghers are on a roll redding up their neighborhoods. They do it in a big way in April and October. We encourage residents to make Redd Up a daily thing.

Pirates batting for Redd Up

"Now batting for Redd Up are the Pittsburgh Pirates." That could be the announcement over the PNC PA system. The Pirates are working with Citizens Against Litter and a growing number of neighborhood groups and schools. The Bucs are giving free game tickets to young people who volunteer for extra Redd Ups and who normally would find it difficult to go to games. About 20 groups are participating. "We're advancing the program slowly to make sure we get it right," said Boris Weinstein. "The Pirates' Diversity Initiative Program Manager Chaz Kellem has been terrific." For information contact Boris at 412-688-9120 or

South Side "Green N'at" start up

"Hopefully you have heard of the South Side Community Taskforce beautification team, Green N'at. Our group is small, so we're starting out small. We have established clean-up days every two weeks throughout the summer, the first was Sunday, June 7.

"Over just two hours, three gals with a cart succeeded in picking up six bags of garbage and two bags of recyclables, four pairs of men's underwear (we subscribe to the don't ask, don't tell philosophy) and five "thank-yous". We felt pretty accomplished. Did we solve all of South Side's litter issues? Who cares? We did SOMETHING. And for that the day was a success. Just imagine if we had six people. Or 10. Or more!

"We hope to see more volunteers for our next clean-up days. Clean-up days are typically scheduled on Sundays. We start at 9 a.m."

Terra Youngblood


Citizens Against Litter recommends a new painless Redd Up initiative. One that you can do day in and day out.

Individuals are not likely to Adopt-A-Highway. That's left to businesses and groups and many of them do it and it's effective. However, "Adopting a Neighbor" should be right up your alley. It's do-able. Look to your right, look to your left or look up or down your street. I'm recommending you cross property lines. At the same time you're redding up your own property, you go the extra mile and pick up your neighbor's litter. That kind of redding up will make your place look twice as good. Your neighbor will appreciate it, and -- guess what? He/she will probably do the same for you.

Pitt "Make A Difference Day"

More than 40 city neighborhoods and communities have been contacted about getting student volunteers on Pitt "Make A Difference Day" Saturday, October 17. Pitt's day of community service coincides with the fall Redd Up weekend, October 16-18. Students work with neighborhood volunteers. The goal is to place 44 volunteers -- a busload -- into each neighborhood. "More than 2,400 Pitt students may take part," says Terry Milani, Director of Student Volunteer Outreach. More neighborhoods and communities may be added.

"I saw it! I saw it!"

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Neither of these. A volunteer at Family House witnessed employee at Shadyside Hospital with a broom and dustpan sweeping and gathering litter from the pavement, gutter and street along Centre Avenue. Good for him. We need more of that daily.

"I Litter" Award

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.

Village Pizza takes the prize

Adding to the unattractiveness of the store front of Village Pizza on Ivy Street, the litter -- mostly cigarette butts and pizza parts -- tops all. This is a true garbageville and if there were such a thing as a Garbageville Tour, this would be the first stop to set the mood. A sign on a building on Aiken Avenue near Walnut Street announces the coming of Village Pizza. There goes the neighborhood...unless other stores on the block put their collective feet down.

Important phone numbers

Need to contact the city about something that's 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.

Nominate a Redd Up star

Last March the Clean Pittsburgh Commission honored outstanding city neighborhood volunteers for their community service in Redd Ups and their year 'round anti-litter activities. They received Bob Awards, named for our late Mayor Bob O'Connor. Tell us about deserving volunteers in your neighborhood for consideration to receive 2010 "Bobbies." E-mail

Recent Litter-ature

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

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