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Citizens Against Litter

October 2014 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Register online for Pitt student volunteers; Fall Redd Up and PMADD October 18; A cleaner Mighty Mon; And a cleaner French Creek; Austrians have the right idea; Former mayor has his own idea; Sign up to adopt a Redd Up Zone; Report mailbox graffiti; "I Litter" awards; Garbagevilles; Important phone numbers; Final thought; The last word

Our mission

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

Register online for Pitt student volunteers

Take action NOW. Pittsburgh neighborhoods and Allegheny County communities can register now for busloads of 44 Pitt student volunteers for the Saturday, October 18 Redd Up and Pitt Make a Difference Day. Register online or contact Cathy Connor at 412-624-1065

Fall Redd Up and PMADD October 18

Citizens Against Litter expects more than 150 Pittsburgh neighborhoods and communities from surrounding counties to participate in the area's Fall Redd Up, Saturday, October 18.

This is the seventh year for Pitt Make a Difference Day involvement in the Fall Redd Up. The program has been expanding every year. Serving as many as 100 sites is this year's goal with participation of as many as 4,000 Pitt student volunteers. Pitt volunteers have joined local residents in litter cleanups and beautification projects since 2008. Redd Up participants are as follows.

Pittsburgh: Academy System, Allegheny County Probation Court, Allegheny CleanWays, Allentown, Arlington, Banksville, Bedford Dwellings, Beechview, Bloomfield, Bon Air, Brighton Heights, Brightwood, Brookline, Bull Elephants, California-Kirkbride, Carrick, Central North Side, CMU, Chartiers, Crafton Heights, Downtown, Duquesne Heights, Duquesne Univerisity, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, East Hills, East Liberty, Elliott, Fairywood, Fineview, Friendship, Friends of the Riverfront, Garfield, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hays, Hazelwood, Homewood , Larimer, Lawrenceville, Lincoln-Lemington, Lincoln Place, Lower Hill, Manchester, Mexican War Streets, Middle Hill, Morningside, Mt. Oliver, Mt. Washington, New Homestead, Overbrook, Pittsburgh Parks, Pitt-Ohio Express, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Polish Hill, Oakland, Schenley Heights, Shadyside, Sheraden, South Oakland, South Side, Spring Garden/ East Deutschtown, Spring Hill, Stanton Heights, St. Clair, Strip District, Summer Hill, Swisshelm Park, Troy Hill, Westwood, and Windgap.

Allegheny County: Aspinwall, Blawnox, Brentwood, Cheswick, Collier, Dormont, Duquesne, East Pittsburgh, East McKeesport, Edgewood, Etna, Forest Hills, Friends of South Park, Friends of North Park, Hampton, Hollow Oak Land Trust, Irwin, Lower Burrell, Leetsdale, McKees Rocks, Moon, Mt. Oliver, Mt. Lebanon, Munhall, North Versailles, O'Hara, Penn Hills, Pitcairn, Port Vue, Rankin, Ross, Shadyside Academy, Sharpsburg, South Park, Springdale, Stowe, Trafford, Verona, West Homestead, West View, Whitehall, Wilkinsburg and Wilmerding.

A cleaner Mighty Mon

More than a ton of litter and dumped debris was removed from the mighty Monongahela River on August 23 thanks to a team effort of First Waves, Paddle Without Pollution and The Tireless Project.

First Waves is an initiative teaching teens facing adversity ages 15 to 18 to surf and standup paddleboard on local waterways, while simultaneously providing a hands-on education about filmmaking and waterway conservation. The mission of the program is to inspire a passion for conservation through the exhilaration and joy of catching their first waves. PWP is proud to be a partner in this effort.

This month's PWP cleanups is on October 4 on the Allegheny River at Franklin. For more information, visit

And a cleaner French Creek

Last month about 550 volunteers removed thousands of pounds of trash from the French Creek watershed in Erie, Crawford, Venango and Mercer Counties. The French Creek Valley Conservancy led the effort as it has done for many years. One volunteer said, "What astounds me is that every year we get more stuff." Sad to say, but the cleanup efforts will never end.

Austrians have the right idea

A letter to the editor several weeks ago in the Post-Gazette described the writer's view of a cleaner environment she saw while in Austria. "One could not help but notice the cleanliness of cities and towns," she said. "Literally, there was not a single piece of litter to be found." It's unfortunate we can't say the same about the streets in our city. Our citizens that care -- we need more of them -- do their best to remove litter. People who care must continue to pick up for those who don't.

Former mayor has his own idea

Former Mayor Tom Murphy is sick and tired of picking up trash around his home in Perry South. Mr. Murphy, who works for the Washington-based Urban Land Institute, is in the process of purchasing eight lots from the city. He plans to clear the lots and maintain them. The city sells 200 to 300 vacant properties each year.

Sign up to adopt a Redd Up Zone

Looking for a worthwhile neighborhood project? 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 the next two years. For information call 412-255-2280 or e-mail

Report mailbox graffiti

Pittsburgh Postmaster Dan Davis invites citizens to be proactive and call the Postal Service 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. There's less of this going on. September's top litterer is the Post-Gazette Sunday Extra.


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 Garbagevilles in Shadyside 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.

Final thought

When you can count the cigarette butts on your block you know we're making some progress against litter.

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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