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Citizens Against Litter

May 2015 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Deed of Redd Up volunteers praised; Trash talk; "Roads from downtown full of litter"; Spring Redd Up participation was 400 ; Results survey underway; Schenley Park Sunday Soccer kudos; More of the same; 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.

Deeds of Redd Up volunteers praised

Post-Gazette columnist Ruth Ann Dailey's April 27 piece is highly recommended. Her salute to the thousands of volunteers who redd up after human nature is a wonderful tribute to those that care. Read it online at

Trash talk

On the homepage of the Citizens Against Litter website is an article that appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on April 22, which was, appropriately, Earth Day.

We disagree with Mayor Peduto's spokesman Tim McNulty when he said in the article, "litter cleanup is a major priority [with the administration]."

That's the problem. Litter is not a priority right now. The Mayor has had a proposal on his desk for a year and a half and no action has been taken. In January 2014 a plan for a pilot "Zero Litter Enforcement" campaign was submitted and accepted by the Peduto transition committee. It hasn't gone anywhere up to now.

However, in its article the Tribune-Review said "a meeting with the Mayor and other city officials to begin developing a strategic plan for the litter problem will be held in June." Possibly the Zero Litter Enforcement pilot will be considered and be part of the Mayor's plan.

Read our take on the story, and get the link to the full article online at

"Roads from downtown full of litter"

Mr. Litterman was copied on the following e-mail from Jon Davis of the East End Neighbors Association to Kevin Acklin, Mayor Peduto's Chief of Staff, on April 15:

Greetings Kevin! We hope all is well. I hope that you don't mind us contacting you. We don't know where else to turn. We contacted the 311 Response Center multiple times, but to no avail. We are making a big push to attempt to improve the litter situation around the City -- not just once, but on a regular basis. We pick-up as much litter as possible, but our resources are very limited. One of our hot spots (is) the City roadways and public spaces that get little or no attention. For example: If one is Downtown and takes ANY road out of Downtown, those ramps, road surfaces, and roadsides will ALWAYS be full of litter. (If you ever have a couple hours to spare, we would gladly give you a guided litter tour.)

Can the City require people that have committed crimes to pick-up litter as community service work? Can the City sweep the ramps in and out of town-- some of them look like a third-world country.

  • Bigelow Boulevard: Into Oakland past the Bloomfield Bridge
  • Boulevard of the Allies: Covered with debris, signs and orange cones
  • Second Avenue
  • Bates Street
  • Public spaces owned by the City
  • Etc., etc.

As we all work to take Pittsburgh to the next level, having litter almost everywhere in the City cannot be helpful? Thank you very much."

Mr. Litterman's response to Jon Davis follows:

You're 100 per cent correct. But you don't need me to tell you that. Citizens, like us, can't clean these heavily-traveled roads. We risk getting run over. It's a job for Public Works to do...on a regular basis. They have the crews and equipment and ability to slow down and control traffic and clean up these messes. [We discussed these "No Man's Land" litter areas back in our May 2014 issue of the Newslitter, which is available at]

The imagine of a clean Pittsburgh is fractured when our major roads are littered. It perpetuates the reputation that Pittsburgh is a dirty city. It's also a poor reflection and an insult to people like you and me and thousands of volunteers who try to keep our neighborhoods clean...on a regular basis.

The current administration is doing an outstanding job in many, many areas. Not so with litter.

Spring Redd Up participation was 400

Support for the Spring/Earth Day Redd Up in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County as well as cleanups in Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties was 400 neighborhoods, communities and groups. Those are ones we know about. The Redd Up focus was the April 24, 25, 26 weekend. However, many of the participating groups held their cleanups on other days in March, April and May. Earth Day 2015 was Wednesday, April 22.

In Pittsburgh, participants are: Academy System, Alcoa Volunteers, Allegheny CleanWays, Allegheny County Day Probation, Allegheny West, Allentown, Arlington, Banksville, Banksville Rd., Bedford Dwellings, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Cashe In/ Trash Out, Bloomfield, Brighton Heights, Brightwood, Brookline, Bull Elephants, California-Kirkbride, Carrick, Chartiers, Comcat Cares, 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, East Liberty, Elliott, Explorers Club (Mt. Washington Hillside), Fairywood, Free Spirits Motor Cycle Club of Pittsburgh, Frick Park Stream Cleanup, Friendship, Friends of the Riverfront, Friends of the Waterfront, Garfield, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hazelwood, Hazelwood Initiative, Hays, Highland Park, Highland Park Bridge Ramps, Hilltop Alliance, Homewood, Homewood's LAMP, Ralpha Ministries and North Way Christian Community, Homewood's Mulford St. Corridor Block Assoc., Jubilee Christian School, Larimer Redd Up Action Team and 52 Lots and Green Team, Lawrenceville, Lower Hill, Lincoln Place, Knoxville, Manchester, Manchester Historical Society, Manchester Greening Beautification, Mexican War Streets, Middle Hill, Morningside, Mt. Washington, New Homestead, North Point Breeze, North Shore River Walk, North Side's Charles Street, Northview Heights, Oakland, Operation Better Block, Nine Mile Run Watershed, Perry Hilltop, Perry South, Paddle Without Pollution, Pitt-Ohio Express, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Pennsylvania Resources Council, Polish Hill, Point Park University, Point Park's Pioneer Community Days, Pressley Ridge, Rails to Trails Conservancy, Rankin's Carrie Furnace Tireless Cleanup, 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 Graffiti Watch, 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: Alleghany 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's Boy Scout Troop 147, Crafton Park, Dead Man's Hollow, Deer Creek, Dickson Street Tree Care, Dravosburg, Dormont, Duquesne, Duquesne's Trash Bashers, East McKeesport, Edgewood, Edgewood Foundation, 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, Marshall, 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, Munhall, Natrona, Neville Island, 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, Pinney Fork, Peters Creek, Pitcairn, Pleasant Hills, Pleasant Hills Pet Hospital, Port Vue Robert Morris University, Ross, Scott, Shaler, South Fayette, South Park, South Park Historical Society, South Fayette, St. Clair Hospital Green Team, Stowe, Swissvale, Tri County Trout Club, Turtle Creek, USS Inferno Science Fiction Club GAC, Verona, Waste Management, West Bruceton Road, West View, Wilkinsburg, Wilkinsburg's Hosanna House, Wilkinsburg's Coal Street Tree Care and Kelly Street Tree Care, Wilkinsburg Dream City Art Walk, 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, Committee to Clean and Beautify Ambridge, Darlington, Franklin, Greensweep, Harrisville, Harrisville's Cub Scout Pack 31, Independence, Monaca, Monaca Outreach, Riverfront Park, Rochester and Team Farkas,

In Butler County: Butler City, Butler Junior High School, Chicora, Evans City, Jackson, Omicron Sigma, Penn, Slippery Rock, Slippery Rock Creek, Tri-County Cleanways and Mark West, and Winfield.

In Washington County: Amati Family, Amwell, Belle Vernon, Back Porch Restaurant and Spiers St. Grill, Canton, Canonsburg, Canton's White Family, California, Carroll, Cecil, Center, Charleroi, Chartiers, Claysville, Columbia Pipeline Group, Cross Creek, Cross Creek Park, Donegal, East Bethlehem, East Huntingdon, Keep Washington County Beautiful,Lone Pine Christian Church, McDonald, Mingo Creek Park, Nottingham, Osterweis Family, Peters, Penn, Pitt-Ohio Express, Smith, Smith's Rile Family, South Strabane, Ten Mile Creek, Ten Mile Watershed. Theta Xi Fraternity, Washington City, Washington County Watershed Alliance, and West Bethlehem,

In Westmoreland County: Allegheny, Bovard Fire Department, Clellan Heights, Crib Station Crew, Derry, Fairfield, Greensburg, Greensburg Girl Scout Troop 27165, Hempfield, Hempfield's Paulette Knor, Jeanette, Ligonier, Loyalhanna Lake, Mount Pleasant, Murrysville, New Kensington, South Greensburg, St. Vincent College, Smithton, North Huntingdon, Rostaver, Trafford, Unity, West Leechburg, Westmoreland Christian Church, Westmoreland Dermatology Association, West Newton and Youngwood,

Results survey underway

Last month Citizens Against Litter forecasted 16,000 to 20,000 volunteers would participate and collect 400 tons of litter. Surveys went sent to participating groups last week. Results will be reported here next month.

Schenley Park Sunday Soccer kudos

Hats off to the Schenley Park Sunday Soccer players. You see them -- about 100 -- running up and down the field every week. They're too busy having fun to litter the area but not too busy to pick up other people's litter. Easily 20 or so of them do just that three or four times a season, bending and picking up keeping the soccer fields free of litter. That's what you call giveback. Now if all the park users at all our parks (soccer moms and dads pay attention) would do as they know the rest.

More of the same

Mr. Litterman spends most days at the Schenley Oval. It's where he walks to exercise. It's also the place he's adopted to keep litter-free on his visits. So on the day of the Pirates' home opener last month he picked up many plastic bottles left on the track the day before. Doing the same thing was another senior -- about Mr. Litterman's age -- with a picker upper picking up the hard-to-retrieve litter on the track and under the bleachers. He's a resident of Hazelwood and he picks up litter at the Oval two or three days a week. We need more Mr. Hazelwoods.

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. April's top litterers are the Post-Gazette Sunday Extra and Trapuzzano Restaurant.


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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