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Citizens Against Litter

October 2012 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; What happens in Philly, stays in Philly; Overkill; Shadyside dog owners do your duty; Allegheny Commons Mulch Madness Oct. 12; Fall Redd Up Oct. 19, 20, 21; South Side "Operation Clean Sweep"; Good job in Bloomfield; Steelers tailgate recycling; Homewood Mulford project a success; Allegheny Commons trash receptacles; Adopt a Redd Zone ; Report 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 neighborhoods.

What happens in Philly, stays in Philly

Mr. Litterman thinks Philadelphia badly mishandled a neighborhood vacant lot cleanup project last month. How would Pittsburgh agencies do it? Read more at the Citizens Against Litter website:


Mr. Litterman wants the Oct. 6 Run Shadyside 5K Race/Mile Walk to be a very successful event with plenty of participation. But really, sponsors UPMC, TrueRunner and PNC Bank, you could have exercised restraint in the posting of your lawn signs and pole signs. Your efforts outdid the politicos. You papered Shadyside for a second year. Your litter-on-a stick awareness campaign is an overkill.

Shadyside dog owners do your duty

Recently Mr. Litterman came across an increasing, disturbing and revolting problem in Shadyside. On a swing around Ellsworth to Amberson to Westminster to St. James streets, Mr. Litterman collected only one plastic shopping bag of litter, cigarette butts and plastic drinking bottles. That's commendable. Except for eight neatly knotted green and red bags of dog waste thrown into bushes and ground cover. Disgusting. Shame on those ordinance-violating dog owners/walkers. On one hand they do a proper job of bending and picking up after their pets but fail miserably by littering and leaving their stuff behind. Do you think these people even think of themselves as litterers? Or is it always "the other guy"? So much for signs warning of $300 fines for this bad behavior in their own neighborhood. You can't blame this on drive-by litterers from other neighborhoods.

Allegheny Commons Mulch Madness Oct. 12

Join other volunteers on Friday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon when Mulch Madness will be hosted in Allegheny Commons thanks to the help of partner organization Tree Pittsburgh and volunteers from ALCOA. Everyone is welcome to come and help support our urban forest by volunteering some time to pull the last of the summer weeds and lay down a fresh layer of mulch. You can register to volunteer with Sally Joe at, the coordinator of this event. There's no need to bring anything other than yourself, as tools, safety vests and gloves will be provided by Tree Pittsburgh. The meeting location for the event will be by the Aviary tent at 9 a.m. where a light breakfast will be served.

Fall Redd Up Oct. 19, 20, 21

It's not too late for neighborhoods/ groups to sign up for the Fall Redd Up weekend Oct. 19, 20 and 21. (Stash the Trash Day for schools is Friday; and Pitt Make a Difference Day and Panther Hollow Extravaganza are Saturday.) The participation list below is incomplete. More communities and groups are involved. We just don't have all of the names.

Pittsburgh: Allegheny CleanWays, Allegheny Commons, Allegheny West, Allentown, AmeriCorps, Banksville, Banksville Road, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Bloomfield, Bon Air, Brightwood, Brighton Heights, Brookline, California-Kirkbride, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carrick, Central Northside, Chartiers, Crafton Heights, Downtown Pittsburgh, Duquesne Heights, Duquesne University, Jail Trail, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, East Liberty, East Hills, Elliott, Fineview, Friendship, Garfield, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hays, Hazelwood, Highland Park, Homewood, Larimer, Lawrenceville, Lincoln-Lemington, Lincoln Place, Lower Hill, Knoxville, New Homestead, Manchester, Mexican War Streets, Middle Hill, Morningside, Mount Washington, Mount Oliver, Oakland, Observatory Hill, PA. Resources Council, Perry Hilltop, Phipps Conservancy, Pittsburgh public and parochial schools, Pitt Make a Difference Day, Pitt Engineer Theta Tau fraternity, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Polish Hill, Ridgemont, Schenley Heights, Shadyside, Sheraden, South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, South Oakland, Spring Garden, Spring Hill, Squirrel Hill, St. Clair, Stanton Heights, Strip District, Summer Hill, Tree Pittsburgh, Troy Hill, Uptown, West End, Westwood and Windgap.

Allegheny County: Brentwood, Carnegie, Dormont, Etna, Heidelberg, McKees Rocks, Mt. Oliver, North Versailles, Pitt Make a Difference Day, Penn Hills, Shady Side Academy, Sharpsburg, South Park, Stowe, Verona and Wilkinsburg.

Beaver County: Aliquippa, Beaver, Beaver Falls, Chippewa and Monaca.

Neighborhood groups and individuals should contact Citizens Against Litter's or 412-688-9120 to participate.

South Side "Operation Clean Sweep"

The South Side Bar and Restaurant Association's (SSBAR) first "Operation Clean Sweep" on Sunday, Sept. 9 was a success. "It was terrific", said Jon Lewis, one of the organizers. "About 70 volunteers participated from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. We will meet and debrief the event. We plan to do it again." It could become a regular happening. Among the volunteers were those from the Pitt Student Government Council. The event was sponsored by Iron City Beer. Owners, employees and volunteers of 35 long-standing bars and restaurants which occupy the East Carson Street Corridor are involved. The effort is to clean up trash along East Carson St. from the 10th St. Bridge to 24th St. as well as cross streets from Sarah St. to Muriel St.

A news release from the organization reads: "The SSBAR's mission is unify the night-time economy's business community to create and maintain a safe, clean, and vibrant area for residents, visitors, and fellow businesses. The organization will strive to lead by example within its membership and patrons to respect and prosper the South Side for years to come. SSBAR is working in cooperation with the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) on the Pittsburgh Sociable City Plan project. RHI president Jim Peters applauds the Clean Sweep initiative as an opportunity for South Side nightlife venues to work together with city agencies and community organizations.

"This is a new chapter in South Side's long history as a social destination," observes Peters, himself a Pittsburgh restaurateur in the 1970's. "The cooperative spirit among business owners to collaborate with their peers and with the community establishes a new foundation for overcoming challenges of the recent past. South Side is on the way to becoming a safer, more vibrant neighborhood for residents and visitors."

Volunteer inquires are being handled by SSBAR board members Jon Lewis (412-999-7024 or and Steve Zumoff (412-496-2104 or

Good job in Bloomfield

Thanks to AmeriCorps and Bloomfield volunteers. On Sunday, Sept. 16 seventeen volunteers worked for four hours pulling weeds at the Urban Thicket and Island. Public Works picked up 23 construction size bags filled to the top. The thicket and Island look great and ready for winter. Bloomfield is working on getting fall mums, if you're interested in helping to plant them contact

Steelers tailgate recycling

At every 2012 Steelers home game the "Let's Tackle Recycling" campaign will collect aluminum cans, glass containers, and plastic bottles and cups at tailgating parties in parking lots outside Heinz Field. "Let's Tackle Recycling" is sponsored by Greenstar Recycling, Three Rivers Power Sweep, Alco Parking, Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field and the Sports & Exhibition Authority in partnership with the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC).

Homewood Mulford project a success

From Rhonda J. Sears, event coordinator, MSCBALYB project:

"I want to extend a warm thank you to supporters, partners and friends (everyone who helped) make the Mulford Street Corridor Block Association 'Love Your Block' project a success in September. Through the rain over 130 volunteers revitalized eight vacant lots in my corridor alone, with 100 being college students and their coaches from the Pitt track team. Kudos to those wonderful young people. They brought so much excitement and power and had fun at the same time.

"Everyone's efforts collectively allowed for a tremendous improvement in the area. We hauled away over 150 bags of garbage, weeds and debris, removed 125 bricks and pieces of concrete/foundation, furniture, chemicals, building materials, appliances, electronics, and more. So I want to thank you all for working with me, hearing my urgency, and providing resources to make it all possible. And we did because teamwork matters; Making a Difference matters. I am grateful for the relationships that I have developed and hope I can count on you again for future project. My vision is to clean up more areas in South Homewood to make it more appealing, safe and revitalized."

Allegheny Commons trash receptacles

Allegheny Commons Initiative extends sincerest gratitude to Council President Darlene Harris for her donation of five new trash receptacles to the Allegheny Commons. We encourage everyone to keep the Commons clean and looking beautiful. Also extend thanks to the first members who have become Friends of Allegheny Commons. Without this support the restoration of this historic park would not be possible: Alida Baker and Don McCartan, Sean and Robyn Brady, John Canning, John Engle, Lynn Glorieux, Derris Jeffcoat, John Francona, Leslie Ward and the McNamara family.

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.

The most recent six Redd Up Zone applications are: PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) to adopt North Negley Ave between Penn Ave and Stanton Ave. Alpha Gamma Upsilon of Carlow University to adopt Wyndote St., Seine Way and Allequippa St. beginning at Robinson St. Point Breeze North Development will adopt parts of N. Dallas Ave., Hamilton Ave., McPhearson Blvd., Murtland St., Thomas Blvd., Lang Ave., N. Homewood Ave. and Finance St. Sigma Alpha Mu will adopt Bellevield Ave. in Oakland. Pittsburgh Greenfield K-8 will adopt several streets around its school including Greenfield Ave., Lydia St., Alger St., Coleman St., Hoosac St. and Natasket St. Lastly, the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Organization will adopt 18th St. between Josephine and Quarry.

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. September's awards: Post-Gazette's Sunday Extra, Cheerleaders Gentlemen's Club, and Vocelli Pizza.


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.

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