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Citizens Against Litter

April 2015 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Redd Up slogan goes to the Lone Star State; Mr. Litterman picks up litter in Florida; Spring Redd Up support nears 300; Positive outcome forecast; Looking to connect for Redd Up; 2014 state cleanup stats; Arsenal Park cleanups; Clean as a whistle; "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.

Redd Up slogan goes to the Lone Star State

Three cities in Texas recently were named on a list of the "Top 20 Dirtiest Cities" in America by Travel and Leisure Magazine. A writer said officials in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio should be embarrassed because they use the anti-litter slogan "Don't Mess with Texas."

In anti-litter circles, it has been whispered that Texas is getting ready to trash its "Mess" slogan and import Pittsburgh's successful Redd Up slogan, the brainchild of the late Mayor O'Connor and continued by Mayor Ravenstahl. The rumor is gathering traction since Mayor Peduto got rid of the Redd Up Crew in the Public Works Department last year and changed the name of the "Adopt a Redd Up Zone" to "Beautify our Burgh."

"No way," says Pittsburgh's Mr. Litterman. "We're not getting rid or giving away Redd Up to Texas or anybody. Redd Ups work for our neighborhoods and thousands of volunteers respond to it. Pittsburgh is a cleaner city since Redd Up and who's to say Redd Ups by any other name would work? Redd Up is patently Pittsburgh. Pittsburghers like it and they are the ones who remove the litter from the city."

Not to worry. Redd Up is as much Pittsburghese as the Steelers, Steel City and "Kiss it Goodbye."

April Fool.

Mr. Litterman picks up litter in Florida

"Oh my achin' back" is what Mr. Litterman complained about after picking up litter for three hours -- without his picker upper -- in Coral Springs, FL. Mr. Litterman joined 160 people who came together March 7 in the Coral Springs clean-up. In all, 2,000 people participated at 30 locations in Broward County's 38th annual event.

Most of the Coral Springs volunteers were high schoolers working off some of the 40 hours (over four years) of their mandatory community service commitment. It's a good idea to be considered for Pittsburgh and area schools.

Spring Redd Up support nears 300

Support for the Spring/Earth Day Redd Up in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County as well as cleanups in Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties is approaching 300 neighborhoods, communities and groups. Those are names we know about. Participation probably is 20% to 25% greater. The Redd Up focuses on the April 24, 25, 26 weekend. However, many of the participating groups stage their cleanups on other days in March, April and May. Earth Day 2015 is Wednesday, April 22.

In Pittsburgh, participants are: Academy System, Allegheny CleanWays, Allegheny County Day Probation, Allegheny West, Allentown, Arlington, Bedford Dwellings, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Cashe In/ Trash Out, Bloomfield, Brighton Heights, Brookline, Bull Elephants, California-Kirkbride, Carrick, Chartiers, Crafton Heights, Crawford- Roberts, Central North Side, Carnegie Mellon University, CMU's Alpha Phi Sorority, Downtown Pittsburgh, Duquesne Heights, Duquesne University's Spiritan Campus Ministry, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, East Hills, Elliott, Explorers Club (Mt. Washington Hillside), Fairywood, Free Spirits MC of Pittsburgh, Frick Park Stream Cleanup, Friendship, Friends of the Riverfront, Friends of the Waterfront, Garfield, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hazelwood, Hays, Highland Park, Highland Park Bridge Ramps, Hilltop Alliance, Homewood, Homewood's LAMP, Ralpha Ministries and North Way Christian Community, Larimer Redd Up Action Team and 52 Lots and Green Team, Lawrenceville, Lower Hill, Lincoln Place, Knoxville, Manchester, Manchester Historical Society, Mexican War Streets, Middle Hill, Morningside, Mt. Washington, New Homestead, North Point Breeze, Oakland, Operation Better Block, Nine Mile Run Watershed, Perry Hilltop, Perry South, Paddle Without Pollution, Pitt-Ohio Express, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Pennsylvania Resources Council, Point Park University, Point Park's Pioneer Community Days, Pressley Ridge, Rankin's Carrie Furnace Tireless Cleanup, Rails to Trails Conservancy, REI, Riverside Community Correction Center, Ridgemont, Rosedale, Schenley Heights Schenley Park, Shadyside, Sheraden, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Day Beautification, South Craig Street Corridor, South Oakland, South Side Flats, South Side Park, South Point Breeze, South Side Riverfront Park Cleanup, South Side Slopes, Spring Garden/East Deutchtown, Spring Hill, Squirrel Hill, Stanton Heights, Strip District, Summer Hill, Swisshelm Park, Thirty-first Street Lofts, Troy Hill, University of Pittsburgh, Uptown, Westwood and Windgap.

In Allegheny County: Allegheny Land Trust, Allison Park Sportsmen's Club, Avalon, Beautify Allegheny River Blvd, Bethel Park, Braddock, Brentwood, Carrie Furnace, Chartiers Creek, Cheswick, Collier, Coraopolis Women of the Moose, Coraopolis, Cornell High School Key Club, Crafton Crafton's Boy Scout Troop 197, Crafton Park, Dead Man's Hollow, Deer Creek, Dickson Street Tree Care, Dravosburg, Dormont, Duquesne, Duquesne's Trash Bashers, East McKeesport, Elizabeth, Elizabeth's Jr. Girl Scout 51140, Etna, Friends of North Park and North Park Environmental Council, Friends of Verona Boulevard, Findley, Fox Chapel, Franklin Park, Gateway Rehab, Glassport, Hampton, Harrison, Harmar, Heidelberg, Indiana, Jefferson, Jefferson Hills, Leetsdale, Lincoln, Keep America Beautiful, McKees Rocks, McCandless, McKeesport. McKeesport's Joyful Bloomers Jr. gardeners/Respect our Earth, Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Oliver, Monroeville, Monroeville's Maximalist Sports Bike Ryders, Moon, Natrona, North Fayette, North Park North Versailles, Oakdale, Oakmont, Ohio, Paddle Without Pollution, Penn Hills (including Crescent Hills, Lincoln Park) Penn Hills Development Corp. Penn Hills' Gail Gillespie, Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection, Pine Creek, Pitcairn, Pleasant Hills, Port Vue, Ross, Scott, Shaler, South Fayette, South Park, South Fayette, St. Clair Hospital Green Team, Swissvale, Tri County Trout Club, Turtle Creek, USS Inferno Science Fiction Club GAC, Verona, Waste Management, West View, Wilkinsburg, Wilkinsburg's Hosanna House, Wilkinsburg's Coal Street Tree Care and Kelly Street Tree Care, Wilkins and Wilkins Seniors and Century Club.

In Beaver County: Aliquippa, Ambridge, Brady & Run County Park, Center, Council of Aliquippa Men and Fathers, Beaver, Brighton, Darlington, Franklin, Greensweep, Independence, Riverfront Park, Rochester and Team Farkas.

In Butler County: Butler City, Butler Junior High School, Chicora, Evans City, Penn, Slippery Rock and Winfield.

In Washington County: Amwell, Belle Vernon, Back Porch Restaurant and Spiers St. Grill, Canton, Canonsburg, Canton's White Family, California, Carroll, Cecil, Center, Charleroi, Cross Creek, Cross Creek Park, Donegal, East Bethlehem, Lone Pine Christian Church, McDonald, Mingo Creek Park, Nottingham, Osterweis Family, Peters, Pitt-Ohio Express, Ten Mile Creek, Theta Xi Fraternity, Washington City, Washington County Watershed Alliance, and West Bethlehem.

In Westmoreland County: Allegheny, Crib Station Crew, Derry, Fairfield, Greensburg, Greensburg Girl Scout Troop 27165, Hempfield, Hempfield's Paulette Knor, Jeanette, Ligonier, Loyalhanna Lake, Mount Pleasant, Murrysville, Smithton, North Huntingdon, Rostaver, Trafford, Unity, West Leechburg, Westmoreland Dermatology Association, Youngwood.

Communities and groups are asked to contact to make this another outstanding Redd Up. More than 9,000 volunteers participated in the last Redd Up on October 18. Let's do better this spring. We need your support. We're getting cleaner because neighborhood groups and individuals care -- littering less and picking up for people who don't care.

Positive outcome forecast

Based on the response so far -- with many days of April ahead of us -- Mr. Litterman is projecting that 12,000 to 15,000 citizens will take to the streets for this spring's Redd Up (or cleanups) in well over 300 event places. He thinks most events will collect a ton of litter, which, collectively, will total 300 tons.

Looking to connect for Redd Up

Citizens Against Litter, using its database, will try to match individuals looking to catch on with a participating community. Not sure if you are in our database? Visit to sign up!

2014 state cleanup stats

Last year's Great American Cleanup participation in Pennsylvania was 5,349 events with 136,507 volunteers who collected more than 6.3 million pounds of trash, according to Keep America Beautiful. As in past years, all 67 counties participated in this annual community improvement event. We want this year to be one we will be proud of.

Arsenal Park cleanups

It's time for spring cleaning at Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville. Lawrenceville United needs volunteers for their initiative on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you're interested contact

Clean as a whistle

There may be some litter on the streets of Shadyside but not in the Walnut Street parklet. It's because William Penn Tavern and Steel Cactus employees keep it clean as a whistle. Hats off also to new stores, European Wax Center and Alex and Ani, who took over the space from Victoria's Secret next to the parklet. No longer is the area behind the stores trashed either. It's a win for the appearance of the street and the public that uses the park to relax and lunch there.

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 nonprofits are often responsible when they put their business on Shadyside streets. There's less of this going on. March's top litterer is the Post-Gazette Sunday Extra. No new news here.


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

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