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Citizens Against Litter

July 2011 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; A litter-torial: "Get Mad"; Fall Redd Up Oct. 21, 22, 23; Pitt Make A Difference Day; "Give us your retired"; Clean sweep; Another Impact Day; One man's war on litter; Penn Hills dumpsite; "I Litter" awards; Litter on a stick; Garbagevilles; Important phone numbers; Next to last word; The last word

Our mission

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

A litter-torial: "Get Mad"

Thanks to inspiring words from a patient rehabbing from back surgery to other patients at a skilled nursing facility, Mr. Litterman has a new rallying cry in the fight against litter: "Get Mad". Seeing what determination and moxie did for her, this patient began coaxing others to pick themselves up, push harder through therapy and get with a positive attitude. "Do for yourself" was her message. "Get Mad" works. It will work for us too. Let's get mad at ourselves to right what isn't right. Getting mad at those who carelessly or purposely litter doesn't stop street littering, illegal dumping or waste container abuses, and it's a huge waste of our energy. Instead, get mad enough to do something positive about litter. Pick up someone else's mess (as much as you don't want to do it); demand that building owners and businesses have adequate containers to eliminate overflow waste (challenge them face-to-face); and pressure city departments and the courts to warn, fine and enforce code violators (it's the loudest voices that receive the most attention). By the way, the heroic "Get Mad" patient is Mr. Litterman's sister, Thelma Landay.

Fall Redd Up Oct. 21, 22, 23

A reminder. Please block out these dates for the Redd Up this fall: October 21, 22 and 23. Friday will be for school kids and the "Stash the Trash" cleanup program around their schools. Saturday, October 22 will be the big Redd Up day and coincides with "Pitt Make a Difference Day." Leaders: it's not too early to begin lining up your volunteers.

Pitt Make a Difference Day

For the fourth year, Pitt student volunteers will work alongside neighborhood volunteers in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County this fall. This year's goal on Saturday, Oct. 22 is placement of 2,800 Pitt students. Partnering with Pitt and Citizens Against Litter will be 65 neighborhoods/communities: Allentown, Arlington, Banksville Rd., Beechview, Brighton Heights, Brightwood, Beltzhoover, Bloomfield, Bon Air, Brookline, California-Kirkbride, Carrick, Crafton Heights, Ridgemont, Westwood, East Liberty, Elliott, Esplen, Fineview, Eliza Furnace Trail (Friends of the Riverfront), Friendship, Garfield, Hays, Lincoln Place, New Homestead, Hazelwood, Homewood, Larimer, Lawrenceville, Knoxville, Manchester, Mexican War Streets, Central Northside, Middle Hill District, Morningside, Mount Oliver (city and county), Mount Washington, Oakland, South Oakland, Perry Hilltop, Polish Hill, Schenley Heights, Shadyside, Sheraden, South Oakland, South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, Spring Garden-East Deutschtown, Stanton Heights, Strip District, Summer Hill, Troy Hill, West End, Aspinwall, Brentwood, Dormont, Etna, Homestead, McKees Rocks, Sharpsburg, Penn Hills, Stowe, West Homestead and Wilkinsburg.

"Give us your retired"

Those of us around 80 -- like Mr. Litterman -- don't need to hear the rap on Jack MeKeon for coming back to manage the Florida Marlins baseball team because of his age. Citizens Against Litter will take all the 80-year olds out there as volunteers to pick up litter.

"Give me your retired, your poor, your rich, Your masses yearning for clean neighborhoods"

Clean sweep

Pittsburgh Trib editorial:

"More than 500 volunteers. More than 65 tons of junk. Yep, sounds like another very successful River Sweep. This year's local effort -- part of a six-state annual program (now in its 21st year) to clean up the Ohio River watershed -- took place in five Western Pennsylvania counties along five major rivers and their many tributaries. What a shame, however, that there still are so many other people throwing so much junk into our rivers and along their banks."

Another Impact Day

Across the country, accounting firm Deloitte conducts a day of community service with 35,000 employees in 70 cities supporting more than 800 service projects. In Pittsburgh on June 10, more than 350 Deloitte volunteers worked in Sheraden and Esplen on 12 projects. Renew Pittsburgh teamed with Deloitte. The projects were guided by City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, Sheraden Community Council and Sheraden Kiwanis Community Foundation.

One man's war on litter

"When we think about environmental problems, it's easy to focus on the big ones like water quality and air pollution...yet we sometimes forget about the everyday issues, like litter in our neighborhoods. Here's a profile on one man's effort to clean the streets of Pittsburgh (Mr. Litterman) and set an example for all of us." The Allegheny Front's Scott Bliss (WYEP Radio, 93.1) has the story. You can hear it on your computer. It's about 4 minutes.

Penn Hills dumpsite revisited

Chris Miller:

"A small group of DumpBuster volunteers picked up a lot of debris and tires recently from an active Lincoln Rd. illegal dumpsite in Penn Hills. They have been back a few times, checking it out and removing another load of tires. They'll talk to us about installing a prevention barrier -- possibly some type of fencing to prevent future dumping."

"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. Good news. There are no awards for June. If this keeps up, we could be phasing out "I Litter" awards as a monthly item.

Litter on a stick

The good: John Rudiak

"The 'Litter on a Stick" removal took place in Carrick and Overbrook on May 22 and May 29. Forty-six signs were removed from Brownsville Rd. from Nobles Lane to Maytide and on Rt. 51 from Nobles Lane to Rt. 88."

The ugly: Shaler resident's letter to the editor in Post-Gazette

"A question for recent candidates, particularly Alex Bicket, Chelsa Wagner and Rich Fitzgerald: What's your position on littering? Your multiple campaign signs remaining on Rt. 28, on Shaler roads and along Allegheny River Blvd. indicate you don't much care."


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.

Next to last word

"Get Mad" and do something positive.

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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