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Citizens Against Litter

June 2011 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Volunteers for you; Fall Redd Up dates set; Wild Art, Wild Trails June 5; Forum attracts a crowd; Allegheny River Blvd. litter lift; East Allegheny's Adopt-A-Block; Garfield Penn Ave. clean ups; Kids against litter; "I Litter" awards; Litter on a stick; Garbagevilles; Important phone numbers; Litter in high places; The last word

Our mission

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

Volunteers for you

The Mennonite Church USA national convention comes to Pittsburgh July 4-8. The church is making 4,500 conventioneers available for community service projects. Katy Wall is anxious to make arrangements with groups. Contact her at or 210-274-3134.

Fall Redd Up dates set

Please block out these dates for the Redd Up this fall: October 21, 22 and 23. Friday is for the 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's "Make a Difference Day".

Wild Art, Wild Trails June 5

A hillside clean-up at Emerald View Park from 9 a.m. to noon will precede the Mt. Washington Wild Art, Wild Trails Festival Sunday, June 5. Help artists turn trash into art, explore the trails and enjoy music, food and fun. Volunteers and other should contact Kathryn Hunninen at 412-481-3220 or

Forum attracts a crowd

The Community Conversation -- a forum bringing together neighborhood stewards to discuss mutual problems and concerns -- was attended by representatives of 20 neighborhoods last month. Recycling was the central topic of the program. Councilwoman Theresa Smith attended. Litter education, getting supplies and volunteers for neighborhoods again dominated the discussion. Next open forum by Clean Pittsburgh Commission is scheduled for October 12.

Allegheny River Blvd. litter lift

Will the group that picked up litter and trash on Allegheny River Blvd. last month please step forward? You have many appreciative residents on both sides of the river. One Oakmont resident wrote Mr. Letterman saying, "It must have been a massive effort! We were coming home from a trip to Altoona and saw tons of trash bundled and ready for pick up. I would like to help with that specific cleanup next time. It is such a pretty drive along the river."

East Allegheny's Adopt-A-Block

Lynn Glorieux of East Allegheny is a person in the news many years before Mr. Litterman started Citizens Against Litter. There are others in our town like Lynn. Mr. Letterman was very impressed reading the neighborhood newsletter. This is a model program:

"Adopt-a-Block volunteers pick up litter in a street or alley near their home on a regular basis -- usually weekly. This simple, low-cost program has made a big difference in the appearance of our residential streets and alleys. Thanks to everyone who has been helping with this effort. If you would like to help, please call the EACC office at 412-321-1204. We have brooms and dustpans or pick-sticks for those who would like to use one."

The list of people who are currently cleaning up a block (or two or three) follows.

Above E. Ohio St.:

Below E. Ohio St.:

Garfield Penn Ave. clean ups

Rich Engel writes:

I am the Main Street Manager for Penn Avenue in Garfield and I'm working for Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and Friendship Development Associates. On the Saturday preceding the first Friday of each month, our community volunteers conduct a cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon. The pickup dates on Penn Avenue are Saturday, June 25, July 30, and August 27. We usually gather at 5411 Penn Ave. (Edge Architecture Studio), where there is parking. Gloves and bags are provided. We welcome more volunteers. Phone 412-403-2506 or e-mail

Kids against litter

Mr. Litterman recently talked litter with pre-school children at the Carriage House Childcare Center in Squirrel Hill. All little hands went up to two questions: "Do you pick up litter?" and "Do you recycle?" The kids were delightful. Like other kids "they're bitter about litter". Mr. Litterman invited the kids and their teachers to start the first Kids Against Litter group in the city. All that's required is for the kids to pick up litter around their Wightman School building campus at least once a week, wear gloves and wash their hands afterwards. Sign up your own kid's group through

"I Litter" awards

Advertising materials turn into litter in Shadyside and elsewhere. Businesses and sometimes non-profits are responsible and put their business on Shadyside streets. The Post-Gazette, for example, has been delivering a free circulation promotion section every Sunday for the past 20 weeks. Mr. Litterman has picked up a lot of other litter -- the size of 2-3/4" x 4" -- dumped by a weight loss business. To ask the PG to stop its promotion which could go on for 30 more weeks contact or call 412-263-1897. Some of May's litterers

Litter on a stick

OK boys and girls. Winners and losers. The election is over. Time to remove your political signs. Most are still up on a stick. Remember your names are on our streets.


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.

Litter in high places

A reader says she calls 311 to remove tennis shoes tossed around high wire lines. Duquesne Light dispatches a bucket truck in her case.

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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