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Citizens Against Litter

October 2011 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Unclogging clogged storm sewers; Fall Redd Up October 21, 22, 23; Pitt Make a Difference Day October 22; October 21 Stash the Trash Signup; Next Community Conversation October 12; Reaching out to Carlow; Paddling for litter; Wanted: Redd Up and Alive spark plug; "I Litter" awards; Garbagevilles; Important phone numbers ; New Clean Pittsburgh Commission website; The last word

Our mission

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

Unclogging clogged storm sewers

In September, we had an item in the Newslitter about a public forum that Councilman Bill Peduto organized about clogged storm sewers. The tragedy on Washington Blvd. prompted Peduto's action. Mr. Litterman, for one, had no idea of the horror stories all over the East End that came to the surface. More than 300 people attended. Dozens of them came to the microphone, reporting flooding problems and thousands upon thousands of dollars of damage to their homes. Some as much as $30,000 to $100,000. The cause of the flooding is all over the map. No one disputed either that hundreds of other homeowners are in the same boat. Damage to homeowners is in the millions of dollars.

Several years ago as Mr. Litterman walked around Shadyside picking up litter, he noted clogged storm sewers and reported many to Councilman Peduto who contacted PWSA and coordinated correction at the reported sewers. Mr. Litterman is resuming his storm sewer watch. He has reported four clogged street catch basins along Ellsworth Ave. at Colonial Place, St. James, Aiken and Amberson. Also reported were clogged catch basins in front of 4922 Centre Ave., the intersection of Centre and Morewood, the intersection of S. Aiken and Centre (3 or 4 there) and the intersection of S. Aiken and Baum Blvd.

We are pleased to report that within two weeks, Mr. Litterman witnessed workers cleaning sewers and stenciling dates of the service on sewer covers.

Fall Redd Up October 21, 22, 23

Most Pittsburgh neighborhoods will be participating in the Fall Redd Up, October 21, 22, 23. It's not too late to volunteer. Contact or call 412-688-9120 to be connected to a "go-to person" in your neighborhood. Participating neighborhoods include:

Pittsburgh - Allegheny West, Allentown, Banksville, Bedford Dwellings, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Bloomfield, Bluff, Bon Air, Brighton Heights, Brightwood, Brookline, California-Kirkbride, Carrick, Central Northside, Crafton Heights, Downtown, Duquesne Heights, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, East Hills, East Liberty, Elliott, Esplen, Fineview, Friendship, Garfield, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hays, Hazelwood, Highland Park, Homewood, Eliza Furnace Trail, Larimer, Lawrenceville, Lincoln-Lemington, Lincoln Place, Lower Hill, Manchester, Mexican War Streets, Middle Hill, Morningside, Mount Oliver, Mount Washington, North Oakland, New Homestead, Oak Hill, Oakland, Oakwood, Observatory Hill, Overbrook, Perry Hilltop, Polish Hill, Regent Square, Ridgemont, Schenley Heights, Sheraden, South Oakland, South Side Flats, South Point Breeze, South Side Slopes, Spring Garden-East Deutschtown, Spring Hill, Stanton Heights, Strip District, Squirrel Hill, Summer Hill, Swisshelm Park, Troy Hill, Uptown, Westwood and West End Village.

Allegheny County - Aspinwall, Brentwood, Dormont, Homestead, McKees Rocks, Mount Oliver, Penn Hills, Sharpsburg, South Park (Friends of the County Park), Stowe, White Oak and Wilmerding.

Pitt Make a Difference Day October 22

For the fourth year, Pitt student volunteers will work alongside neighborhood volunteers in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County this fall. This year's goal for Saturday, October 22 is placement of 2,800 Pitt students. Partnering with Pitt and Citizens Against Litter will be more than 55 neighborhoods/communities: Allentown, 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, 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, Homestead, McKees Rocks, Sharpsburg, Penn Hills, Stowe, West Homestead and Wilkinsburg.

October 21 Stash the Trash sign up

Thousands of Pittsburgh students -- thanks to school administrators and teachers -- redd up around their campuses twice a year in the Stash the Trash event, a tradition for many years. This fall's event is Friday, October 21. Schools are asked to visit either the Clean Pittsburgh Commission or the PA Resources Council for enrollment forms. Deadline for signup is approaching.

Next Community Conversation October 12

Twice a year the Clean Pittsburgh Commission has open meetings that bring together Clean Pittsburgh Stewards to discuss neighborhood concerns. The Community Conversation will be held Wednesday, October 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Greenfield Rec Center adjacent to Magee Field. Councilman Doug Shields will speak and representatives of the Mayor's Redd Up Zone imitative will be on hand to answer questions about how neighborhoods can participate.

Reaching out to Carlow

Carlow University's sixth annual Community Service Day was held last month with more than 20 social service agencies benefitting from the efforts of students. Citizens Against Litter is reaching out to Carlow to become involved with city neighborhoods and their efforts to lift litter from streets and assist in community garden and tree planting projects.

Paddling for litter

There's a new group pulling litter from city rivers and shorelines. Paddle Without Pollution volunteers -- about 35 kayakers and canoeists -- were busy, busy last month. They collected 73 bags of trash. Great work, but hardly putting a dent in what's out there. Visit the group's website to learn how you can help.

Wanted: Redd Up and Alive spark plug

Mr. Litterman and Citizens Against Litter need help contacting 200 plus community leaders on an on-going basis for twice a year Redd Ups and other anti-litter initiatives. This is a wonderful opportunity for a volunteer-type or student who wants to learn about litter from the ground up. Guaranteed to give the lucky person an education in neighborhood geography and to interact with the people who make our city work. Contact or call 412-688-9120.

"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 in recent months. Here's September's litterers: Larry & Carol's Pizza, Mia's Pizza and Yen's Chinese.


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.

New Clean Pittsburgh Commission website

Visit the new CPC website that went up recently. It will keep expanding with information about What CPC Does, How to Get Involved, Resources and News.

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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