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Citizens Against Litter

January 2010 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Happy New Year; Spring Redd Up sign-ins near 100; Flemington Street dumps history; "I Litter" awards; Garbagevilles; Important phone numbers; Classic Jane Eyre; 50 billion pieces of litter

Our mission

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

Happy New Year

These resolutions will make a lot of us happier and reduce litter in 2010.

Spring Redd Up sign-ins near 100

Leaders and community councils in more than two-thirds of city neighborhoods say they will participate in the spring Earth Day Redd Up on the April 23-25 weekend. Contact with communities in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Washington counties will be stepped up this month. "Our goal is for participation of all 90 city neighborhoods and another 100 communities in the region," said Citizens Against Litter. "This year is extra special because Pittsburgh will be the North American host city for the United Nation-sponsored World Environment Day, kicking off on Earth Day and continuing for six weeks until June 5."

The following neighborhoods, boroughs, and towns have make a commitment to take part:

City of Pittsburgh: Allegheny West, Allentown, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Banksville Road Corridor, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Bloomfield, Brighton Heights, Brightwood, Brookline, California-Kirkbride, Carrick, Central Northside, Chartiers, Crafton Heights, Downtown, Duquesne Heights, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, East Hills, Elliott, Explorer Club, Esplen, Fineview, Friendship, Friends of the Riverfront, Glen Hazel, Hays, Hazelwood, Highland Park, Homewood, Larimer, Lawrenceville, Lincoln-Larimer, Lincoln Place, Lower Hill, Middle Hill, Morningside, Mount Washington, Mount Oliver, Mexican War Streets, New Homestead, North Shore (Pirates), Oakland, Observatory Hill, Polish Hill, Ridgemont, Regent Square, Schenley Heights, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, South Point Breeze, South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, Spring Garden, Spring Hill, Stanton Heights, Strip District, Swisshelm Park, The Academy System, Troy Hill, Uptown, West End Village, Westwood and Windgap.

Allegheny County: Dormont, Duquesne, Etna, Findlay, Heidelberg, Homestead, Mount Lebanon, Mount Oliver, North Fayette, Penn Hills, Robinson, South Park, West Homestead and Wilkinsburg.

Beaver County: Beaver, Center, Industry, New Brighton.

Washington County: Coal Center, Robinson.

For information and to register your community contact or call 412-688-9120.

Flemington Street dumps history

The Stash and Trash gang, focused on eliminating illegal dumps in Pittsburgh, has tackled two of them on Flemington Street in Greenfield as the year came to a close. Volunteer Joe Divack has taken the lead along with Derek Green's volunteers in this cleanup. "After we cleaned the first and smallest of the dumps," Joe told us, "we tackled the larger dump below Monterero Street. We've pulled out close to 10 tons of litter from an area covering hundreds of yards which extends down the hill behind Boulevard Drive off Beechwood Boulevard."

Some litter history. Mr. Litterman got his start disliking litter on Flemington Street during World War II. He was a boy of 12 when the Junior Commandos was started. "All us kids went down the hill behind our houses and dragged out tires, tire rims, appliances, water heaters and more. Stuff was hauled away and turned into planes, tanks and bullets for the war effort," recalled Mr. Litterman. "That was way before the word 'recycled' was ever used."

"I Litter" awards

Advertising flyers become litter in Shadyside and elsewhere. These businesses/groups are responsible and put their business on Shadyside streets last month. The list is getting shorter and we love it for whatever reasons.


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'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.

Classic Jane Eyre

You read it here. You can read it yourself in Chapter 37 of Jane Eyre. It says, "After Jane combs the scraggly hair of Mr. Rochester and tells him, 'There, sir, you are redd up and made decent'" (See it's not "Pittsburghese," but the patois of the Scots and border English who settled here.)

50 billion piece of litter

The above facts are from Keep America Beautiful research conducted within the past two years.

Recent Litter-ature

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

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