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Citizens Against Litter

April 2016 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Westmoreland Cleanways still taking TVs; Spring Great PA Cleanup event at record numbers; Need help locating a place to volunteer?; Need cleanup supplies?; Join Squirrel Hill's Redd Up Apr. 27; Report mailbox graffiti; "I Litter" awards; Shadyside 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.

Westmoreland Cleanways still taking TVs

From the Pittsburgh Tribune of Mar. 18. Good news for people of any county trying to get rid of unwanted TV sets.

Westmoreland Cleanways Recycling Center in Unity is still accepting televisions in its recycling program.

Many waste collection companies and recycling centers have discontinued picking up televisions because of restrictions in the state covered Device Recycling Act which went into effect in 2013.

"We and our recycling partner, JVS Environmental, are committed to serving our communities with a convenient recycling option for your unwanted electronics, as the law intended," said Ellen Keefe, executive director of Westmoreland Cleanways. "We have the support of our county commissioners and other funders to keep the program alive. Everyone is welcome; you don't have to be a resident of Westmoreland County to recycle with us."

Located in Innovative Park near Beatty Crossroads, the recycling center is open from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.Wednesdays and Fridays and 8:30 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of every month to accept televisions and all other electronics at no charge. The recycling center accepts Freon appliances, tires and fluorescent tube light bulbs for a fee.

Scrap metal, used motor oil, batteries of all kinds, cardboard and mixed paper can be recycled at no charge.

Details: 724-531-1912 or

This year's spring Great PA Cleanup event at record numbers

From signups we are getting directly and registration on the Great PA Cleanup website, it looks like there will be record numbers of litter and beautification events taking place this spring in Pittsburgh and the counties of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland in March, April and May. Most of the projects will occur in April.

Organizers, however, are not restricted to the suggested focus Redd Up weekend of April 15, 16 and 17 for projects. Events will be taking place all over.

Earth Day will be observed on Friday, April 22 and Arbor Day is Friday, April 29.

We are projecting more than 500 events, upwards of 20,000 to 25,000 volunteers recruited by local event coordinators, who will collect an estimated 450 to 500 tons of litter and other stuff.

Some of the projects are: Duquesne University's Spiritan Ministry where hundreds of student volunteers collect litter on the South Side, Uptown and Hill District neighborhoods, many Allegheny CleanWays illegal dumpsite and tire cleanups in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, the annual Mt. Washington hillside cleanup by the Explorer Club, Monroeville's 19th annual Jack Sedlak Memorial cleanup by as many as 500 volunteers, the 9th annual Greater Ligonier Valley cleanup and the 8th annual Latrobe corridor cleanup.

For a complete list of known cleanup participants, visit our website:

Need help locating a place to volunteer?

With Citizens Against Litter's updated database, we have been successful often putting volunteer hopefuls in touch with community litter leaders. We probably can help you, too. Contact Boris Weinstein at 412-688-9120 or

Need cleanup supplies?

Allegheny CleanWays extended this offer in its current newsletter. "Is your community organizing a neighborhood cleanup and needs gloves, trash bags, safety vests or advice on how to lead a successful event? We can help. Let Janee Romesberg know what you need by shooting her an e-mail."

Janee's email address is

Join Squirrel Hill Redd Up Apr. 27

From our friends in Squirrel Hill:

Please join the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Squirrel Hill Litter Patrol for the annual spring cleanup on Sunday, April 17, 2016, from 10 am until 2 pm. As in previous years, cleanup headquarters will be at the corner of Forbes and Murray Avenues beneath the Squirrel Hill library. We encourage volunteers of all ages to attend, and we welcome organized volunteer groups.

All necessary tools and supplies will be provided along with refreshments, and specific cleanup areas can be suggested or assigned at the registration table. Participants will be able to meet and take pictures with Murray the Squirrel, the SHUC and Litter Patrol mascot.

If you are organizing or participating with a volunteer group, please reply to let us know approximately how many participants from your group may attend. If you can only make it for an hour or two, that's just fine.

Don't forget to visit our Facebook page and check out photos from last year's cleanup:

Thanks so much for keeping our neighborhood clean. We'll see you on Apr. 27.

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. The top litterer continues to be the Post-Gazette Sunday Extra free advertising circular.

Shadyside 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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