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Citizens Against Litter

December 2012 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; "Revoltin' development"; Spring Redd Up dates set; Meet N' Greet Mixer in March; Brookline anti-litter contest; Paddle Without Pollution; Terry Ford Aiello honored; Pat Hassett honored; Adopt a Redd Up Zone; Report mailbox graffiti; "I Litter" awards; Garbagevilles; Important phone numbers; Next to last word; The last word; Seasonal words

Our mission

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

"Revoltin' development"

In Mr. Litterman's world, there could be a "revoltin' development" developing. As more students from Pitt, Duquesne, Point Park, Carlow and CMU step forward to collect and control litter from our streets in seasonal Redd Ups and adopt Redd Up zones, less residents are standing with them. The feedback Mr. Litterman hears is students enjoy doing neighborhood community service but, mostly, want the interaction -- the connection -- with local residents. Students' participation should not become an excuse for residents to "retire" from their obligation to make their neighborhoods cleaner. In other words, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth" as the 15th Century proverb says.

By the way, other proverbs (that apply to litter) passed forward by John Heywood, employed in his day at the court of Henry the Eighth and Mary 1 as a singer, musician and playwright are: "More hands make light work", "A good beginning makes a good ending" and "Rome wasn't Redd Up in a day." (We may have changed that last one a bit.)

Spring Redd Up dates set

The dates for the Spring Earth Day Weekend Redd Up will be April 19-20-21. Earth Day 2013 is Monday, April 22. Friday will be the day when school kids pick up litter on and around their campuses. Saturday will be the biggest cleanup day. Some communities, like Squirrel Hill, recruit volunteers for Sunday cleanups. Community leaders are asked to sign up by contacting Boris Weinstein of Citizens Against Litter at 412-688-9120 or

The list is already building. In Pittsburgh: Adult Probation Day Reporting Center, Allegheny CleanWays, Allegheny Commons, AmeriCorps, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Bloomfield, Brighton Heights, California-Kirkbride, Chartiers, Duquesne Heights, East Carnegie, East Hills, Elliott, Friendship, South Side Graffiti Watch Paint Out, Jail Trail, Jubilee Christian School (for Banksville Road), Highland Park, Knoxville, Lawrenceville, Lower Hill, Mexican War Streets, Middle Hill, Mt. Washington, Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf, Renew Pittsburgh, Schenley Heights, ServePgh, Shadyside, South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, Spring Hill, Squirrel Hill, Stanton Heights, Summer Hill, Swisshelm Park, Troy Hill, Uptown, West End and Windgap.

In Allegheny County: Heidelberg, South Fayette, South Park, South Park Twp., Stowe, Verona and West Homestead.

Meet N' Greet Mixer in March

Clean Pittsburgh Commission's signature event -- the Meet N' Greet Mixer -- will be held Thursday, March 21 at the Schenley Park Ice Skating Rink meeting room. The event honors neighborhood Clean Pittsburgh Stewards, the city's finest and cleanest citizens, and highlights outstanding neighborhoods, groups and volunteers with the presentation of "Bob Awards," named for the late Mayor O'Connor.

Brookline anti-litter contest

Keith Knecht, Clean Pittsburgh Steward, shared the following information:

"We've been considering (new) ideas related to litter over the past few weeks. Some fine folks who have moved back to Brookline, Dan and Patty Kaczmarski, have become involved with SPDC and have taken the initiative on an important component of reducing litter: Education and awareness for children. Dan has agreed to chair this effort.

"You don't have to be a 'garbologist' to know much litter is caused by kids tossing their trash instead of finding a receptacle. Dan offered the suggestion that addressing the root cause (ignorance / apathy) and raising awareness with an anti-litter poster contest through the schools could be a creative way to get youngsters thinking about why littering hurts their community and environment. We would award prizes (Boulevard business gift certificates, Boulevard Bucks, etc.) and display the grade winners in the windows of local merchants, which might encourage adults as well. Our goal is to get strong participation from the six elementary/middle schools that Brookline children attend.

"Our sub-committee is working through the organization/promotion details and budget issues. The contest would start after Christmas vacation and the artwork would be due in mid-March. The awards/prizes would be given out on Brookline's 2013 Earth Day event."

Paddle Without Pollution

In its November newsletter, Paddle Without Pollution issued these stats: 13 cleanups, 349 volunteers participated and 15.4 tons of litter plunked from our rivers and streams.

Terry Ford Aiello honored

Mayor Ravenstahl declared November 8 "Terry Ford Aiello Day" for the Bloomfield Mainstreet Manager's efforts to improve the quality of life in her neighborhood. Terry has been the Clean Pittsburgh Steward in Bloomfield for many years, coordinating Redd Ups and Green Ups. Terry also led the creation of the Bloomfield Urban Thicket to place 1,000 plants at the base of the Bloomfield Bridge, improving its appearance and reducing flooding.

Pat Hassett honored

Pat Hassett, one of our Clean Pittsburgh Stewards and the person who organized Greenfield's outstanding year-round anti-litter volunteer group, was selected last month as Person of the Year at the 27th annual Community Awards Dinner.

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 application form.

Report 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. October's awards go to Post-Gazette's Sunday Extra and Pizza Amier.


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

Bloomfield Development says:

"Keep your butts. The earth is not your ashtray"

The last word

Remember. Rome wasn't redd up in a day either.

Seasonal words

Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. Go Steelers.

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