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Citizens Against Litter

September 2014 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Litter cleanup blitz on South Side; Shadyside and Bloomfield festival cleanups; Fall Redd Up and PMADD October 18; Zero litter enforcement urged; Green Paddle Award lands here; Sign up to adopt a Redd Up Zone; Report mailbox graffiti; "I Litter" awards; Garbagevilles; Important phone numbers; The last word

Our mission

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

Litter cleanup blitz on South Side

Students from Duquesne, Pitt and Carnegie Mellon were back on their campuses late last month and resumed their annual community service projects on the South Side.

Candice Gonzalez of the South Side Chamber said more than 300 students removed almost 5 tons of litter from South Side streets and sidewalks on two weekends, August 16 and 23.

Two hundred and fifty freshmen from Duquesne did their thing on Saturday, August 30 following dozens of kids from Pitt and CMU the day before. Another two dozen CMU students participated on August 16. South Side residents from the Flats and Slopes also participated.

Pittsburgh Public Works supported the effort, picking up over 500 bags of collected litter.

Shadyside and Bloomfield festivals cleanups

Festival promoters brought thousands of visitors to Shadyside's Walnut Street and Bloomfield's Liberty Avenue last weekend. After the crowds departed, promoters made sure they left these neighborhoods with clean streets. Both Shadyside's Art Festival and Bloomfield's Little Italy Days appeared to be successful events.

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.

Registration forms from the Office of Pitt Serves, sponsors of Pitt Make a Difference Day (PMADD), were distributed in August. This is the seventh year for PMADD 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. They have joined with local residents in litter cleanups and beautification projects since 2008. Redd Up participants are:

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, Perry South, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Polish Hill, Oakland, Schenley Heights, Shadyside, Sheraden, South Oakland, South Side, Spring Garden/ East Deutschtown, Spring Hill, Stanton Heights, Strip District, Summer Hill, Swisshelm Park, Troy Hill, Westwood, and Windgap.

Allegheny County: Aspinwall, Blawnox, Braddock Hills, 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, Millvale, McKees Rocks, Moon, Mt. Oliver, Mt. Lebanon, Munhall, New Kensington, 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.

Zero litter enforcement urged

A complaint from a Bloomfield resident:

"I find it appalling that the sidewalks and streets in Bloomfield are filled with so much litter. The shop owners totally ignore this problem. Where is their community pride?"

How many others feel the same way and don't speak out? Storefront litter is a huge problem in Bloomfield and throughout the city. This is why we need zero little enforcement. Litter in business districts is one of the four root causes of litter in the city and there has always been an absence of enforcement of shop owners to keep their sidewalks and street gutters free of litter.

Last January the Peduto Transition Committee selected Zero Litter Enforcement (in a one neighborhood pilot) as a program to be considered for roll out by the new administration.

A detailed plan was submitted by the Public Works Subcommittee, and was first introduced by Boris Weinstein and Citizens Against Litter first in an opinion piece published in the Post-Gazette more than a year ago. Read the full details of the plan on the Citizens Against Litter website at

Green Paddle Award lands here

Paddle Without Pollution has been awarded the prestigious Green Paddle Award for Waterway Conservation from the American Canoe Association.

Each year, the ACA recognizes a select group of individuals and organizations who have illustrated exemplary leadership, service, and dedication to various aspects of paddlesport. The Green Paddle is presented annually to an individual or a group that has made an outstanding contribution to paddlesport by protecting America's waterways.

Register now for these upcoming Paddle Without Pollution cleanups: Presque Isle, September 20; Allegheny Island State Park, September 27; Allegheny River, Franklin, October 4; and Chartiers Creek, South Fayette and Upper St. Clair, October 11. Visit for more information.

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. August'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.

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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