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Citizens Against Litter

November 2015 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Next Spring Redd Up April 15-17; Hail to Pitt; We want last month's Redd Up results; 2015 Fall Redd Up less than 2014; Saw Mill Run's 1st stream cleanup; Collier, PMADD clean up Woodville cemetery litter; Wilkins's Ridgewood Manor does its thing; Can Pittsburgh imitate Paris?; Report mailbox graffiti; "I Litter" awards; Garbagevilles; Important phone numbers; 60 years ago; The last word

Our mission

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

Next Spring Redd Up April 15-17

Please mark your 2016 calendar with the dates of April 15, 16, and 17 for the Spring Redd Up focus weekend as suggested by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. However, you may choose another date that works best for you. Earth Day is Friday, April 22 but the start of Passover is the same day so we moved Redd Up forward by a week. Our Redd Up dates also avoid conflicting with Good Friday (March 25) and Easter Sunday (March 27).

Matching or outdoing last spring's terrific Redd Up results will take some doing. More than 350 communities and about 20,000 volunteers participated. Volunteers collected an estimated 480 tons of litter and trash.

Please register your community for the event with Citizens Against Litter at or call 412-688-9120.

Hail to Pitt

About 4,000 Pitt students participated in Pitt Make a Difference Day on October 24 (same day as the annual Fall Redd Up). Pitt volunteers, joining community residents, cleared litter and trash in 115 sites. The Pitt effort was the largest in eight years: most volunteers and most service sites.

We want last month's Redd Up results

Hundreds of Pittsburgh neighborhoods and Allegheny County communities and groups participated in Redd Ups, cleanups and beautification projects over the weekend of October 23, 24, 25.

Please complete the response form below and return it to or call 412-688-9120.

Also, please send us pictures by e-mail of your Redd Up so we can post them on our Citizens Against Litter website photo gallery.

Thank you for collecting litter and connecting neighborhoods time after time and helping Pittsburgh become one of the cleanest cities in America.


We need your help to compile meaningful participation information. Fill out this form and return it to us.

Your Neighborhood/community/group:

Your Name:

Number of Volunteers:

Did you receive Pitt Make a Difference volunteers? Yes / No

Number of Filled Trash Bags:

Do you plan on participating in next Spring's (2016) Earth Day Redd Up on April 15, 16, 17? Yes / No

E-Mail to or fax to 412-622-0167 or mail to Citizens Against Litter, 5403 Ellsworth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232

2015 Fall Redd Up less than 2014

Reports are slow coming in but it appears last month's Redd Up attracted less volunteers and collected less litter than a year ago. Estimated volunteer turnout (in 150-200 communities) was 9,000 in 2014. They collected an estimated 175 tons.

Saw Mill Run's 1st stream cleanup

Seldom Seen Greenway is 90 acres of undeveloped forest along Route 51. The Saw Mill Run stream flows through this wonderful setting. Unfortunately, every time it rains, trash and debris from the upper watershed communities washes into the stream, depositing along the banks in Seldom Seen. Saw Mill Run's first stream cleanup was held Saturday, October 10.

Lisa Brown of Economic Development South said the maiden event was successful, attracting l2 volunteers who collected about a ton of loose and bagged trash including tires and a water tank. A follow up cleanup may be scheduled in November at the Ansonia location in Overbrook.

Collier, PMADD clean up Woodville Hospital cemetery litter

"For the third year in a row, the Collier Township Commissioners have partnered with the University of Pittsburgh in conjunction with their annual "Pitt Makes a Difference Day" to facilitate improvements within the community. This year's effort was targeted at clearing and cleaning up the cemetery of the former Woodville State Hospital on October 24.

"We are excited about this opportunity to partner again with Pitt to make improvements and continue to clean up this cemetery. As a community, it is important to not forget about the thousands of people who lived, received treatment and even who perished at Woodville," said Township Manager Sal Sirabella.

"In 2014, Collier and PMADD cleared trails and cleaned up the Fossil Cliff trail and area off of the Panhandle Trail."

Ridgewood Manor does its thing

Sylvia Martinelli, President of the Wilkins Township Board of Commissioners writes in:

"We do not do a fall clean up; however, we had a small group of residents who have adopted a road. This road is very secluded and very woodsy. The residents who live above it want to keep it pristine. They had about 15 residents spend the day cleaning.

"The township furnished gloves, vests and garbage bags and we sent the public works department to pick up the bags.

"You would be pleased to see what they have done. This is the work of the Ridgewood Manor Civic Association. I am so very proud of their work."

Can Pittsburgh imitate Paris?

We can try. But...This item appeared recently in our local newspapers:

"The city of Paris, where smoking has been banned in public places since 2008, is striking back at cigarette litterers. Paris claims smokers cause 350 tons of cigarette butts litter each year.

"So they've come up with a $76 fine for flicking cigarettes on sidewalks etc. The city has also installed 30,000 garbage bins this year with built in ashtrays.

"In a statement City Hall said, 'Butts not only cause visual pollution but they contain toxic products that could spread into soil and water.'"

Report mailbox graffiti

Pittsburgh Postal Service 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 but October's top litterer continues to be the Post-Gazette Sunday Extra free advertising circular.


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.

60 years ago

In 1955, some baseball players signed contracts for $50,000 a year. Soon ball players will be making more than the President.

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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