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Citizens Against Litter

September 2015 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Newspaper litter; Mellon Park revisited; Picking up litter is your responsibility; Most-tossed litter item?; A face job for Shadyside's Dumpster Alley; Fall Redd Up October 24 ; 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.

Newspaper litter

A Point Breeze resident recently wrote us:

"My husband and I were out walking in Shadyside, along Walnut St. east of Highland Ave., and we couldn't believe the incredible number of those plastic bagged newspaper flyers littering the sidewalks on both sides of the street. Is there anything that can be done to stop those deliveries or to at least make the delivery people throw them up onto people's porches rather than leave them on the sidewalk? I'm cc'ing the Shadyside Action Coalition so that they are aware of this problem."

Calls by many to the Post-Gazette over the years haven't put an end to this on-going advertising-circulation promotion. Many of these weekly hand delivered advertising pieces litter our neighborhood sidewalks and streets and some end up in open sewers. Each month for years Newslitter has tagged the Post-Gazette with its "I Litter" award. It wins the award every month hands down.

Mellon Park revisited

In the August issue of Newslitter, Mr. Litterman sadly lamented about all the litter he found at Mellon Park last month. Worse than the litter are the people -- many of them adults and parents -- who are responsible for making this mess and ignoring it. Mr. Litterman revisited Mellon Park last week. The ballfields, tennis and basketball courts and water park were considerably less littered. Mr. Litterman felt pretty good about that until a Public Works employee -- picking up litter as he does regularly -- told him the park is always littered. "You should be here Monday morning." Again I say," How sad."

Picking up litter is your responsibility

From a friend in Stanton Heights:

"It amazes me how some people look at litter as someone else's problem and responsibility -- even if the litter is in the street in front of their house.

"I recently started parking my car at Smallman and 31st St. (in the Strip) to catch the bus a block away. I got sick of looking at the litter -- so I brought a bag from home and picked it all up last week. Sadly, I'll have to do it again eventually, but I feel good about myself for doing something instead of just wishing a problem away."

Most-tossed litter item

Jeff Wuerthele and his band of 20 had a successful field day recently picking up 2 1/2 tons of litter in East Deutschtown on the North Side. To jazz up their 6 hour Redd Up over 2 days the crew kept track of the most-tossed litter item. And the winner, in a runaway, was Lays Potato Chip bags.

A face job for Shadyside's Dumpster Alley

The locals in Shadyside call Comet Alley behind Walnut Street "Dumpster Alley." Comet Way is looking good these days after Public Works gave it new life with a fresh coat of asphalt. To perform the new face job, the dumpsters (and the litter mess around them) were removed and cleaned. The challenge going forward is how long the merchants and their private contracted trash haulers keep it that way.

Fall Redd Up October 24

The date for the Fall Redd Up and Pitt Make a Difference Day is Saturday, Oct. 24. Pittsburgh neighborhoods, communities outside the city and groups have been signing up several months. Fall Redd Up signed-in communities and groups are:

Pittsburgh: Alcoa Volunteers, Allegheny CleanWays, Allegheny County Day Reporting Center, Allentown, Arlington, Aviary, Bates Street Project, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Bloomfield, Brighton Heights, Brookline, Carnegie Mellon's Alpha Phi Sorority, Carrick, Chartiers, Downtown, Duquesne Heights, Duquesne University's Spiritan Ministry, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, Elliott, Fairywood, Friends of the Riverfront, Friendship, Garfield, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hays, Hazelwood, Homewood, Lawrenceville, Larimer, Lincoln Place, Lower Hill, Manchester, Mexican War Streets, Middle Hill, Morningside, Mount Washington, New Homestead, Oakland, Perry Hilltop, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Polish Hill, Point State Park, Shadyside, Schenley Heights, Shadyside, Sheraden, South Oakland, South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, Spring Hill, Spring Garden-East Deutschtown, St. Clair, Stanton Heights, The Academy System, Thirty First St. Lofts, Troy Hill, Uptown and Windgap.

Allegheny County: Braddock, Collier, Crafton, Dormont, Duquesne, East Pittsburgh, East McKeesport, Etna, Friends of North Park, Friends of South Park, Forest Hills, Glassport, Hollow Oak Land Trust, Leetsdale, Lincoln, East McKeesport, McKeesport, Mount Lebanon, McKees Rocks, North Versailles, Penn Hills, Pitcairn, Port Vue, Scott, Sharpsburg, South Park, Stowe, Verona, West Homestead West Mifflin, West View, Wilkinsburg,Wilkins and Wilmerding.

Butler County: Butler Twp.

Last year, result surveys indicated that approximately 10,000 volunteers participated in 150 to 200 communities. Volunteers collected approximately 200 tons of litter. Also last year Pitt students, engaged in their seventh Pitt Make a Difference Day, set a record for participation with 3,724 volunteers at 115 sites. Pitt officials estimated that their volunteers delivered 13,240 service hours. PMADD is one of the largest -- possibly the largest -- events in National MADD that attracts over 3 million volunteers.

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. August'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

This is interesting. The year was 1955 and the post office was thinking about raising the cost to mail a letter to 7 cents!

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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