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Citizens Against Litter

March 2010 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Where's the litter?; Attacking Greenfield's illegal dumps; Name game; Undercover boss fired; Pittsburgh's finest and cleanest to mix; Pick It Up PA Days; World Environment Day; Spring Redd Up sign-ins at 135; Pirates pickoff play; Volunteer help; "I Litter" Awards; Garbagevilles; Squirrel Hill standout; Important phone numbers; Dates to remember; Drowning in water bottles

Our mission

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

Where's the litter?

Gone but not forgotten for awhile. Litter is out of sight under more than 40 inches of snow in February. On cue, expect litter to sprout like flowers in a few weeks.

Attacking Greenfield's illegal dumps

"Stash The Trash is a community based organization looking to clean up the city through supporting litter pick-up programs and cleaning up overgrown sidewalks and lots. In addition, they are working diligently to eradicate illegal dump sites and while they serve the entire city, they plan to focus on the Greenfield neighborhood in 2010 and clean up our 15 illegal dumpsites. (They have already cleaned up 5 over the past 12 months.)

"In 2009, PA CleanWays did a survey assessing the city's illegal dumpsites on public property. They found 279 dumpsites throughout the city. Twenty of them were in Greenfield, one of the highest amounts for a neighborhood! You can view the entire report at

"The Greenfield number is now 15 due to the efforts of the group and Joe Divack, a retired citizen, who has been working through Stash the Trash to clean up the sites.

"Please check out the Stash The Trash website and consider signing up to help them clean-up the city and the neighborhood. Connect Greenfield will keep you posted as to their plans and future opportunities to assist in Greenfield clean-ups. Thanks."

Pat Hassett

Name game

Add "Litter Gitters" and "Litter Angels (or something like that)" to the list of names to call people who are against litter. Those suggestions came from Newslitter readers last month. Another one was "Litter Busters." Previous entries were "Litter Ridders," "Redders," "Litter Retrievers," "Picker Uppers" and "Litter Fighters." Any others?

Undercover Boss fired

CBS-TV unveiled a new reality show after the Super Bowl to an audience of millions. It's called Undercover Boss. Larry O'Donnell president and CEO of Waste Management, was featured in the first show. He performed a variety of jobs, separating trash on the recycling line, picking up neighborhood garbage, cleaning public Mr. John toilets and chasing down litter on a windy hill near a dumpsite. He failed at that job. In fact he was fired. Any litter gitter could tell him that in that situation you don't use a stick with a nail head to fill a 20 gallon plastic bag being tossed in the wind. You bend. Pick up. And stuff the litter in the bag with your gloved hands. Waste Management expects its litter gitters to fill three bags in 10 minutes. Its rookie president collected half a bag in that time.

Pittsburgh's finest and cleanest to mix

The gathering of Pittsburgh's finest and cleanest is expected to attract most of the Clean Pittsburgh Stewarts from 90 city neighborhoods on Thursday, March 25. The event is the third annual Meet & Greet Mixer at the Schenley Park Ice Skating Rink lodge. Neighborhoods, groups and individuals will be recognized with Bob Awards, named for our late Mayor Bob O'Connor. Home Depot is the major underwriter.

Pick It Up PA Days

The official dates for Pick It Up PA Days have been tweaked to include Earth Day. The dates are April 17 through May 1. Pick It Up PA Days is the spring event sponsored by The Great American Cleanup of PA, the name you may be more familiar with.

World Environment Day

Our Spring Redd Up has been registered as an event of World Environment Day (April 22-June 5). Participation of 15,000 volunteers will easily be the largest single turnout locally and probably the largest anywhere.

Spring Redd Up sign-ins at 135

Leaders and community councils in 82 city neighborhoods say they will participate in the spring Earth Day Redd Up on Saturday, April 17 or April 23-25 weekend. Contact with communities in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Washington counties has been stepped up. Westmoreland County participating communities appear on the Great PA Cleanup website.

"Our goal is for participation of most of the 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 Nations-sponsored World Environment Day, kicking off on Earth Day (40th year) and continuing for six weeks until June 5." Participating is:

PITTSBURGH: Allegheny Courts Day Probation, Allegheny West, Allentown, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Banksville Road Corridor, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Bloomfield, Bon Air, Bluff, Brighton Heights, Brightwood (Marshall-Shadeland), Brookline, California-Kirkbride, Carrick, Central Northside, Chartiers City, Crafton Heights, Downtown, Duquesne Heights Duquesne University Evergreen, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, East Hills, Elliott, Esplen, Explorers Club, Fineview, Friendship, Friends of the Riverfront (Jail Trail), Garfield, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Harriet Tubman Terrance Tenant Council, Hays, Hazelwood, Highland Park, Homewood, Larimer, Lawrenceville, Lincoln-Lemington, Lincoln Place, Lower Hill, Manchester, Middle Hill, Morningside, Mount Washington, Mount Oliver, Mexican War Streets, New Homestead, North Point Breeze, Nine Mile Run Watershed, North Shore (Pirates), Oakland, Observatory Hill, Overbrook (Fairhaven), Perry Hilltop, Pittsburgh Job Corps, Polish Hill, Ridgemont, Regent Square, Schenley Heights, Shadyside, Sheraden, Squirrel Hill, South Point Breeze, South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, Spring Garden/Deutschtown, Spring Hill-City View, Stanton Heights, Strip District, Swisshelm Park, The Academy System, Troy Hill, Uptown, West End Village, Westwood and Windgap

ALLEGHENY COUNTY: Carnegie, Dormont, Duquesne, Etna, Findlay, Forest Hills, Heidelberg, Homestead, Leetsdale, Marshall, Millvale, McKees Rocks, Monroeville, Mount Lebanon, Mount Oliver, Harrison (Natrona Heights), North Fayette, Penn Hills, Pine, Pitcairn, Robinson, Ross, Scott, Shaler, South Park, Stowe, Tarentum, Verona, West Homestead, White Oak, Wilkins and Wilkinsburg.

BEAVER COUNTY: Ambridge, Beaver, Center (Aliquippa), Industry, New Brighton and Ohioville

WASHINGTON COUNTY: Cross Creek, Coal Center, Hanover, McDonald, Nottingham and Robinson

WESTMORELAND COUNTY: Ligonier, Unity and West Newton

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

Volunteer help

Need volunteers for your neighborhood Redd Up? We all do. Look to Pittsburgh Cares. Visit the website, Complete the volunteer request form for your group's effort in April. Phone number for information is 412-471-2114.

Pirates pickoff play

Volunteers from the Pittsburgh Job Corps and The Academy System will team up with Pirates and pickoff litter from North Shore streets on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. Volunteers also will be guests of the Pirates for the afternoon game with the Milwaukee Brewers.

"I Litter" awards

Advertising flyers become litter in Shadyside and elsewhere. Businesses/groups are responsible and put their business on Shadyside streets. No awards given for a second month.


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

Squirrel Hill standout

Squirrel Hill Litter Patrol singles out the apartment building at 5536 Kamin Street as a "Garbageville." Photos show a real mess.

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.

Dates to remember

The second open Clean Pittsburgh Commission meeting -- known as "Community Conversation" -- bringing together Clean Pittsburgh Stewards from all 90 city neighborhoods is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CCI Center on the South Side.

The fall Redd Up dates will be October 15-17, and are wrapped around Pitt Make A Difference Day on Saturday, October 16. More than 2,500 Pitt students teamed with volunteers in more than 55 neighborhoods last year on its community service day.

Drowning in water bottles

Use and refill a single water bottle, thermos or canteen, when you travel. The average person drinks eight ounces of bottled water per day. Considering that plastic is derived from petroleum, it takes 1.5 million barrels of oil annually to satisfy America's demand for bottled water. If this oil were converted to gasoline, the total could fuel 500,000 station wagons to take their families on coast-to-coast road trips.

Recent Litter-ature

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

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