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Citizens Against Litter

December 2012 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; If it's not broken...; Acklin and Stefanov to CPC; Redd Up Zones cleanups underway; Hearing from Vermont; Cleanup in Polish Hill; Sign of being civilized; Trash walking in Brookline; Spring Redd Up dates April 20, 21, 22; "I Litter" awards; Garbagevilles; Important phone numbers; Andy Rooney on litter; Tired of the mess; The last word

Our mission

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

If it's not broken...

Citizens Against Litter's Mr. Litterman (AKA Boris Weinstein) will continue as chairman of the Mayor's Clean Pittsburgh Commission. Other members elected for the next two years are: Sarah Alessio Shea (PA Resources Council) and Joe Divack (DumpBusters) as vice chairs; Patty Chavez (Public Works) continues as secretary; and Shawn Wigle (Public Works) as treasurer.

Acklin and Stefanov to CPC

Kevin Acklin, who founded Renew Pittsburgh and has been its executive director all along, has been recommended to fill one of the vacancies on the Clean Pittsburgh Commission. Renew Pittsburgh works with many neighborhoods on more than litter and illegal dumping. Projects include renovation of August Wilson's home on the Hill and the old opera house in Homewood. Nicholas Stefanov, a director with Renewable Manufacturing Gateway, fills the other vacancy.

Redd Up Zone cleanups underway

It didn't take long for the first adopters of Redd Up Zones to go to work. John Heinz History Center volunteers picked up litter on Saturday, November 5 on Penn Ave and Smallman St. from 11th to 14th and Mulberry Way in the Strip. On Tuesday, November 8, about 20 Boy Scout Troop #73 volunteers picked up litter in their zone along Butler St from 34th to 38th and on Mulberry Way in Lawrenceville. Other groups have applied for Redd Zone adoptions in West End, South Side and Arlington.

Don't stay on the sidelines. Businesses, corporations and groups of all sorts are invited to adopt their own city zone and agree to pick up litter at least four times a year for two years. Visit for information and an application form.

Hearing from Vermont

"Congratulations on your ongoing actions to eliminate littered trash. Bravo for Citizens Against Litter's persistence and longevity! Impressive are your continued refining and creative techniques to involve many instead of just a few. Citizens, those many concerned people who influence others towards an attitude of intolerance for littered trash, not only influence others but take physical action -- one piece at a time -- are inspiring. In their community, they have found metier. They bolster the meaning of community."

Bernie Paquette, Vermont
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Cleanup in Polish Hill

Allegheny CleanWays will be doing a cleanup on a recently discovered illegal dumpsite on lower Melwood, just outside the eastern border of Polish Hill. It's scheduled for Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you'd like to help, meet on Melwood Ave. just past Pittsburgh Filmmakers. To get there from Gold Way, turn down Denver St. and go left on Melwood, towards the woods at the end of the street. Wear heavy boots and work clothes. Gloves and bags will be supplied.

Two weeks after October's citywide Redd Up, volunteers in Polish Hill teamed up with Allegheny CleanWays on November 5 to remove trash and debris from the Gold Way-Melwood Ave. entrance to this great neighborhood.

Sign of being civilized

"The 'Don't be a litterbug' discipline once upon a time seemed to be gaining traction, but oddly seems to have slipped away in some quarters. Fighting litter is not a matter of being fussy; rather, it's a sign of being civilized. It's important to us all. Keep up the good fight!"

Fred Sargeant, Sargeant Electric

Trash walking in Brookline

Here's a great plan for all neighborhoods from Brookline:

"Want to take a walk with us? We will meet every Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Cannon Coffee. Everyone should bring work gloves. If you have a grabber, bring that too. Depending on the number of participants, we will walk the Boulevard or venture onto the side streets. For an hour or so we will walk, talk and pick up trash. After our trash walk, we will return to Cannon Coffee for a bit of socializing. There are benefits galore in this weekly event. First, we will be removing litter from our community. Then there's the walking, bending and stretching exercise. You can meet new people, and just getting out of the house can improve your mood. Bundle up. Come on out. Walk with us. Then, join us for hot coffee, hot tea, hot cocoa, or have you tried Cannon Coffee's S'more Mocha?"

Spring Redd Up dates April 20, 21, 22

Earth Day 2012 is Sunday, April 22. Keep PA Beautiful has designated Saturday, April 21 as the focus day for the Great American Cleanup in PA. The Pittsburgh area Spring Redd Up weekend will be Friday, April 20 for Stash the Trash Day for public, private and parochial schools. Most neighborhoods and communities will gather volunteers on Saturday, April 21 and other neighborhoods will pick up litter on Sunday, April 22.

South Park (Dave Buchewicz), Squirrel Hill (Barbara Grover), and Brookline (Keith Knecht) are the first communities to sign up. Our goal is participation of 200-250 city neighborhoods, communities and groups in Allegheny, Beaver, Washington, Butler and Westmoreland counties.

"I Litter" awards

Advertising materials turn into litter in Shadyside and elsewhere. Businesses and sometimes non-profits are often responsible when they put their business on Shadyside streets. There has been less of this kind of littering recently. Here are November litterers:


Garbagevilles are houses, buildings, streets and places that are a mess. Some because of litter; some because of unswept leaves; some because of trash and junk on their property. Some because garbage cans sit in the front of their houses. Many because of the absence of lids on garbage cans and open waste containers. Some of these Shadyside Garbagevilles are always a mess. This is an incomplete list of course.

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.

Andy Rooney on litter

Commenting on Rooney's death in Time Magazine (November 21), Morley Safer of CBS' 60 Minutes, recalled Rooney always telling him, "When are you going to clean this dump up (office)?" And he should talk, said Safer, he had a pretty messy office too.

Tired of the mess

Roughly 250,000 tires are estimated to be in an illegal dump in Calhoun County, South Carolina. The tire graveyard is visible from outer space. A Florida firm says it will take many months to re-tire the site and haul them away. When tire dumpers are identified, the worst penalty that could be imposed locally is $475.

The last word

Remember. Rome wasn't redd up in a day either.

Recent Litter-ature

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

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