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Citizens Against Litter

February 2015 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Spring Redd Up getting support; Hazelwood dumpsite cleanup funded; Love Your Block 2915 applications; Connequenessing Creek cleanups; 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.

Finally, we need the Peduto administration to make eliminating litter/trash an earlier priority. It's on the Mayor's Things to Do Agenda but it's not happening fast enough. One year ago Citizens Against Litter formally proposed a Zero Litter Enforcement Program test in a single neighborhood. The test would bring Public Works, BBI, Public Safety, the URA and magistrates together addressing litter problems. Full details of the plan are on the Citizens Against Litter website at http://bit.ly/ZeroLitterEnforcement.

Spring Redd Up getting early support

The Spring Redd Up dates are April 24, 25, 26. Just around the corner. Dates do not conflict with Easter on April 5 or Passover, April 3-11. Earth Day 2015 is Wednesday, April 22. However, some neighborhoods, like South Side Flats and the Hill District/Uptown, will redd up on April 18 with Duquesne students. Other communities may choose other dates.

In Pittsburgh, participants so far are: Allegheny CleanWays, Allegheny County Day Probation, Allegheny West, Arlington, Bedford Dwellings, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Bloomfield, Brighton Heights, Brookline, Bull Elephants, California-Kirkbride, Carrick, Chartiers, Crafton Heights, Crawford- Roberts, Duquesne Heights, Duquesne University, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, East Hills, Elliott, Explorers Club, Fairywood, Free Spirits MC of Pittsburgh, Friendship, Friends of the Riverfront, Garfield, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hazelwood, Hays, Highland Park, Hilltop Alliance, Homewood, Larimer, Lawrenceville, Lower Hill, Lincoln Place, Manchester, Mexican War Streets, Middle Hill, Morningside, Mt. Washington, New Homestead, Oakland, Pitt-Ohio Express, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Ridgemont, Schenley Heights, Shadyside, Sheraden, South Oakland, South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, Spring Garden/East Deutchtown, Spring Hill, Squirrel Hill, Stanton Heights, Strip District, Summer Hill, Swisshelm Park, Troy Hill, Uptown, Westwood and Windgap.

In Allegheny County: Allison Park Sportsmen's Club, Cheswick, Collier, Cooaopolis Women of the Moose, Coraopolis, Cornell High School Key Club, Deer Creek, Dormont, Duquesne, East McKeesport, Etna, Friends of North Park, Fox Chapel, Glassport, Hampton, Harmar, Indiana, Jefferson Leetsdale, Lincoln, McKees Rocks, Mt. Lebanon, Monroeville, Moon, Natrona Heights, North Versailles, Oakdale, Paddle Without Pollution, Penn Hills ( including Crescent Hills, Lincoln Park, Penn Hills Development Corp.), Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection, Pine Creek, Pitcairn Pleasant Hills, Ross, Scott, Shaler, South Fayette, South Park, St. Clair Hospital Green Team, Tri County Trout Club, Verona, Waste Management, West View, Wilkinsburg and Wilkins.

In Beaver County: Independence.

Communities are asked to contact boris.weinstein@verizon.net 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.

Hazelwood dump sites cleanup funded

From the Allegheny CleanWays newsletter:

"Allegheny CleanWays is thrilled to announce that the work we have been doing in Hazelwood will continue thanks to a $95,000 grant from the Heinz Endowments. The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and education excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.

"The purpose of the grant is to finish cleaning up illegal dump sites in Hazelwood and to promote policy change for urban revitalization. Thanks to a $5,000 Community Development Block Grant through Councilman Corey O'Connor's office, our DumpBusters crew began working in Hazelwood this past September. With input from Councilman O'Connor's office and the Hazelwood Initiative, the crew concentrated their initial work on a section of Hazelwood west of 2nd Ave, and across the rail tracks. In all, the crew removed 25,908 pounds of vegetation and 22,615 pounds of trash and other debris from 14 empty lots and three roadsides there. We are eager to get started on the rest of Hazelwood (including the Greenway) and have already begun meeting with community groups."

Love Your Block 2015 applications

Applications are now available for servePGH's spring 2015 Love Your Block program:

Applications and more information are available online at http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock. Contact servePGH at servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov or 412-255-2280.

Connoquenessing Creek cleanups

Christina Handle, President of Allegheny Aquatic Alliance writes:

"We are looking forward to our 4th Annual Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup. This year we will be organizing two cleanups to make it more convenient for volunteers and having good weather/water conditions. The cleanups will be on August 29 and September 12. Please mark your calendars! Your continued support in this important cleanup project is vital to its continued success. We have already removed 143,600 pounds of garbage, including over 1.400 tires in just 25 miles of the creek and we still have another 25 miles to go!"

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. January's top litterer is the Post-Gazette Sunday Extra.

Garbagevilles

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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