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Citizens Against Litter

September 2011 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Stop junk mail; Unclogging clogged storm sewers; What street cleaning?; Brookline Breeze; Plugging away; Fall Redd Up October 21, 22, 23; Pitt Make a Difference Day; Stash the Trash sign up; "A little litter is OK"; Next Community Conversation; Wanted: Redd Up and Alive spark plug; "Jefferson" Joe Divack; Homewood heroes; "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.

Stop junk mail

Steve Root, 2010 "Bob Award" Volunteer of the Year:

I encourage you to promote the Catalog Choice Program for Communities in Pittsburgh. I advertised the program at South Side Lofts on the South Side. We are a small community of 100+ people and many signed up. We have noticed a marked decrease in unwanted mail (estimated to be 100 billion pieces a year) being delivered by the Postal Service. The best news about the program is that communities working in collaboration with Catalog Choice stop junk mail at a rate of three times the national average. Community outreach engages citizens and gets real results, reducing disposal costs and helping cities and counties reach zero waste goals.

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Unclogging clogged storm sewers

Last month's East End flooding is the reason Councilman Bill Peduto has scheduled a community meeting for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6 at Winchester Thurston in Shadyside to discuss chronic flooding. PWSA officials will be at this meeting. It presents an opportunity for concerned residents to inquire about PWSA's on-going program to unclog clogged storm (street) sewers in Shadyside and elsewhere.

What street cleaning?

A North Oakland resident writes:

I assume your department has to do more with litter, but the juggling of cars to accommodate the street cleaning ordinance signs has become ridiculous. There has not been street cleaning in North Oakland the entire summer. It's a hardship to neighbors, students, hospital workers to have parking restricted for a large portion of the day and then have nothing happen in the way of street cleaning. If we have abandoned this service, let's admit it and take down the signs.

Brookline Breeze

Eileen Papale and Keith Knecht act alike. Company's coming and they wanted to get rid of the litter along Brookline Boulevard. Eileen and Keith organized volunteers last month a few days before Brookline's showcase event, the Brookline Breeze on Saturday, August 13. Their efforts are appreciated year 'round by the neighborhood.

Plugging away

A note from Rich Engle of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation: "Still plugging away, running monthly antilitter/weeding events on Penn Ave." Rich has the right idea. Once a year cleanups don't cut it. Twice a year cleanups are better. Once a month cleanups are the ticket. Many anti-litter volunteers all over the city hit their streets weekly.

Fall Redd Up October 21, 22, 23

Most Pittsburgh neighborhoods will be participating in the Fall Redd Up, October 21, 22, 23. Volunteers are needed and welcome. Contact or call 412-688-9120 to be connected to a contact in your neighborhood.

Participants include:

Pittsburgh - Allegheny West, Allentown, Arlington, 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, Jail 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 (Fairhaven), 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, Stowe, West Homestead, White Oak and Wilmerding.

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 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, Arlington, 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.

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 websites for enrollment forms.

"A little litter is OK"

Fortunately the "little litter is OK" attitude is not popular with most of us. Neighborhoods have less litter because residents remove it from streets and sidewalks every chance they can. Question is "Are you with the "little litter" crowd and prepared to live with it? Mr. Litterman hopes not.

Next Community Conversation

Twice a year the Clean Pittsburgh Commission has open meetings that bring together Clean Pittsburgh Stewards to discuss neighborhood concerns. The Community Conversation next month is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Greenfield Rec Center adjacent to Magee Field. Mark your calendar.

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.

"Jefferson" Joe Divack

The Post-Gazette, along with presenters Highmark, Pittsburgh Foundation and Heinz Endowment, recognizes volunteers for their community service with Jefferson Awards. Joe Divack started DumpBusters at Allegheny CleanWays a few years ago and is one of the 2011 award recipients. Specifically under Joe's leadership and participation, DumpBusters has eliminated 34 illegal dumpsites in the city, totaling almost 250 tons of trash. Joe is also a member of the Clean Pittsburgh Commission.

Homewood heroes

Elaine Lee expressed her appreciation in a recent Post-Gazette letter to the editor for a job well done by Jose Diaz of Operation Better Block. Her letter in part said: "Under the leadership of Jose Diaz, who has made a commitment to revitalize this community and one way chosen has been to clean up empty lots being used as dumping sites. Recently, McCombs Street, where I live, was chosen as a project. Early one Saturday, Mr. Diaz and the good Samaritans descended and spent hours lifting, dragging and bagging rubbish, some that had obviously been there for years, from a deep ravine that runs parallel to the street. As if that effort was not enough, they returned on a later date, descended further down the hillside to continue their cleaning. It was unbelievable what these wonderful people dragged up to the surface for pickup."

"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. August litterers include the Kelly-Strahorne Theatre, Pizzutti's, Skullcandy (concert), and Sunset 'Til Sunrise (concert).


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

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