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Citizens Against Litter

March 2015 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Spring Redd Up support passes 200; Looking to connect for Redd Up; "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.

Spring Redd Up support passes 200

Support for the Spring/Earth Day Redd Up on the weekend of April 24, 25 and 26 in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County as well as Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties is well beyond 200 neighborhoods, communities and groups. These are names we know about. Participation probably is 25% greater. 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: 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, 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, Garfield, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hazelwood, Hays, Highland Park, 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, Oakland, Operation Better Block, Nine Mile Run Watershed, Perry Hilltop, Perry South, Paddle Without Pollution, Pitt-Ohio Express, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Pennsylvania Resources Council, Pressley Ridge, Rankin's Carrie Furnace Tireless Cleanup, REI, Riverside Community Correction Center, Ridgemont, Rosedale, Schenley Heights, Shadyside, Sheraden, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Day Beautification, South Oakland, South Side Flats, South Side Park, South Side Riverfront Park Cleanup, 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 Avalon, Beautify Allegheny River Blvd, Braddock, Brentwood, Cheswick, Collier, Coraopolis Women of the Moose, Coraopolis, Cornell High School Key Club, Crafton, Crafton Park, Deer Creek, Dickson Street Tree Care, Dravosburg, Dormont, Duquesne, Duquesne's Trash Bashers East McKeesport, Elizabeth, Etna, Friends of North Park and North Park Environmental Council, Friends of Verona Boulevard, Findley, Fox Chapel, Franklin Park, Gateway Rehab, Glassport, Hampton, Harmar, Heidelberg, Indiana, Jefferson, Leetsdale, Lincoln, Keep America Beautiful, McKees Rocks, McCandless, Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Oliver, Monroeville, Monroeville's Maximalist Sports Bike Ryders ,Moon, Natrona Heights, North Fayette, North Park North Versailles, Oakdale, Oakmont, Ohio, 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, Schenley Park, Scott, Shaler, South Fayette, South Park, South Fayette, St. Clair Hospital Green Team, Swissvale Tri County Trout Club, Turtle Creek, 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, Center, Council of Aliquippa Men and Fathers, Beaver, Darlington, Greensweep, Independence and Team Farkas.

In Butler County: Butler City, Chicora and Penn.

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

In Westmoreland County: Ligonier, Loyalhanna Lake, Smithton, Trafford, Unity.

Communities 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.

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 on our rolls? Visit to match up your name with a neighborhood.

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. February's top litterer is the Post-Gazette Sunday Extra. No new news there.


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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