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Citizens Against Litter

August 2012 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Curb your enthusiasm; Next Community Conversation Sept. 6; Fall Redd Up Oct. 19, 20, 21; Litter business picking up; Downtown Beautification Saturdays; Creeks, streams & river cleanups; Join next Tireless projects; Crosby Stills Nash Young; Caught doing bad #1; Caught doing bad #2; Water a tree; Adopt a Redd Up Zone; Stamp out mailbox graffiti; "I Litter" awards; 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 neighborhood.

Curb your enthusiasm

Something we can all do around our own house, apartment or business. Dig out those weeds around sidewalk cement slabs and gutter curbs. Mr. Litterman saw a maintenance guy doing this at the Shadyside Inn apartments at Fifth and Aiken. Mr. Litterman came home and did the same around his place. It improves the appearance big time. Imagine if we all did this.

Next Community Conversation Sept. 6

The Clean Pittsburgh Commission's next Community Conversation will be Thursday, Sept. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CCI Center, 14th and Sarah Sts., South Side. Neighborhood Clean Pittsburgh Stewards are invited to attend this open meeting. It's an opportunity to tell commission members how they can do their job and serve neighborhoods better. Information about the event is being sent to stewards and is also available on the Citizens Against Litter website at:

Questions? Contact Boris Weinstein at 412-688-9120 or

Fall Redd Up Oct. 19, 20, 21

Neighborhoods and groups are already stepping up for the Fall Redd Up weekend Oct. 19, 20 and 21. (Stash the Trash Day for public, private and parochial schools is Friday; Pitt Make a Difference Day and Panther Hollow Extravaganza are Saturday.)

Participating in Pittsburgh: Allegheny CleanWays, Allentown, Banksville Road, Beechview, Bloomfield, Bon Air, Brightwood, Brighton Heights, Brookline, California-Kirkbride, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carrick, Central Northside, Chartiers Crafton Heights, Duquesne Heights, Jail Trail, East Liberty, East Hills, Elliott, Fineview, Friendship, Garfield, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hays, Hazelwood, Homewood, Larimer, Lawrenceville, Lincoln Place, New Homestead, Manchester, Mexican War Streets, Middle Hill, Morningside, Mount Washington, Mount Oliver, Oakland, PA. Resources Council, PA Resources Council, Perry Hilltop, Phipps Conservancy, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Polish Hill, Ridgemont, Schenley Heights, Shadyside, Sheraden, South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, South Oakland, Spring Garden, Squirrel Hill, St. Clair, Stanton Heights, Strip District, Summer Hill, Tree Pittsburgh, Troy Hill, West End, Westwood and Windgap.

In Allegheny County: Brentwood, Carnegie Borough, Dormont, Etna, Heidelberg, McKees Rocks, North Versailles, Penn Hills, Sharpsburg, South Park, Stowe and Wilkinsburg.

Neighborhood groups and volunteers should contact Citizens Against Litter at or 412-688-9120 to participate in the Fall Redd Up Oct. 19, 20, 21.

Litter business picking up

Mr. Litterman's guess is that organized volunteer efforts in dozens of city neighborhoods pick up litter once a month or as often as weekly year-round. This is the way litter turns into glitter. The list here is incomplete but includes: Bloomfield, Brookline, East Allegheny, Downtown Pittsburgh, Garfield, Greenfield, Lawrenceville, Mexican War Streets, Polish Hill and Shadyside. Contact to add your neighborhood to the list.

Downtown Beautification Saturdays

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership needs your help making downtown look gorgeous. Volunteers can assist with painting, planting, weeding and much more during the beautifying volunteer event on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and beyond. Visit the group's website at for more information.

Creeks, streams & river cleanups

We're learning about more groups in the Pittsburgh area that are cleaning up our waterways. Add Allegheny Aquatic Alliance to the list. The group's goals include educating the public about threats to water and cleaning up Western Pennsylvania waterways. Aquatic Alliance wants to recruit at least 200 volunteers to clean 10 miles of Connoquenessing Creek and shoreline in Butler County on Saturday, Sept. 22. Interested parties should contact Christina Handley at 724-371-0416 or at

Join next Tireless projects

The Tireless project has had an eventful 10th anniversary season so far! Volunteers have collected over 10 tons of garbage (20,000 pounds) including 113 bags of trash and 81 tires. We would like to thank all of the contributing volunteers, musicians, partners and donors. We still have a lot of work to do on Pittsburgh's rivers, so please consider attending one of our two upcoming events.

Tireless Friday-Duck Hollow

Where: Old Browns Hill Rd., Squirrel Hill
When: Friday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m.
What: Cleanup of the Monongahela River, riverfront trails, and Nine Mile Watershed

Annual Coastal Cleanup

Where: Riverfront Dr., Millvale
When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m.
What: Cleanup the Allegheny Riverfront and Girty's Run (volunteers cleaned the Mon River focusing on Braddock on Tireless Friday, July 13)

Contact Allegheny CleanWays at 412-381-1301 or or visit the group's website at for more information.

Crosby Stills Nash Young

"Teach your children what you believe in.
Make a world that we can live in."

When Linda Smith told us why her family was Adopting a Block, the Crosby Stills Nash Young song, Teach Your Children, came to mind. "We have two young children (ages 2 & 4) and think this is a great way to teach them about keeping the neighborhood clean and not littering," said Linda.

Linda suggests we use this as a marketing idea for the Adopt the Block Program. We not only think it's an excellent idea, but we think Linda says it best in the Brookline newsletter: "Make keeping Brookline clean a family affair. Adopt your block."

Caught doing bad #1

From a Tribune-Review letter to the editor, June 16

"After the spring primaries, most politicians rounded up all of their roadside signs. (Mr. Litterman calls them 'litter on a stick'). Sometimes the ones left standing for weeks or months afterward are from the loser in the election. Not this time. Mark Critiz's signs still dot the landscape all over sections of Export, Murrysville and other towns. It appears that Critz could send out his lackeys to flood the area with signs but once the election was over and he came out on top, he turned into a loser by not having his lackeys pick up the trash. So I say, 'Hey Critz -- man up and clean up your trash.'"

Caught doing bad #2

The Trib-Review carried an article on July 26 -- almost 9 months after his election -- that a large campaign sign (litter on a stick) for County Executive Rich Fitzgerald on Route 22/30 near the Oakdale exit is still standing. A spokesman for Mr. Fitzgerald says sign was overlooked and will be removed.

Water a tree

Keep our neighborhood beautiful. We haven't seen a lot of rain this year, and it leaves our urban trees vulnerable - especially our younger ones. Please take the time to water the trees around and in front of your home. Trees benefit from longer, less frequent soaking watering. 5-10 gallons every 7-10 days will help a newer tree thrive. Three times per month is adequate for more established trees.

Adopt a Redd Up Zone

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

Stamp out mailbox graffiti

Pittsburgh Postmaster Joseph Meimann urges citizens to be proactive and call the Postal Service directly at 412-359-7845 to report mailbox tagging or boxes in need of repair. Help the postal service by giving them specific information of locations and crossing streets.

"I Litter" awards

Advertising and promotional materials turn into litter in Shadyside and elsewhere. Businesses and sometimes non-profits are often responsible when they put their business on Shadyside streets. July's list is short: Post-Gazette's Sunday Extra, and Pittsburgh Public Theater.


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

There's enough litter for all of us to pick up.

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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