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Citizens Against Litter

January 2016 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Next Spring's Redd Up April 15-17; Spring 2016 Redd Up participants; 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.

Next Spring's 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 may work better 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 a conflict with Good Friday (March 25) and Easter Sunday (March 27)

Matching or outdoing last spring's terrific Redd Up event 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 spring event with Citizens Against Litter at or call 412-688-9120.

We need your participation. Community and group sign ups are lagging behind.

Spring 2016 Redd Up participants

Pittsburgh: 31st Ward, Allegheny CleanWays, Banksville Road, Beechview, Bloomfield, Brookline, Brighton Heights, Bull Elephants, Carrick, Crawford Square, Duquesne University students, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, Fairywood, Friends of the Riverfront, Garfield, Homewood, Jubilee Christian School, Larimer, Larimer Consensue Redd Up Team, Lower Hill, Middle Hill, Polish Hill, Saw Mill Run Greenway, Schenley Heights, Sheraden, South Side Flats, Spring Hill, Squirrel Hill, Stanton Heights, Spring Garden/ East Deutschtown, Swisshelm Park, Troy Hill and Uptown.

Allegheny County: East Pittsburgh, Friends of South Park, McKeesport, Mount Lebanon, North Versailles, Scott, St. Clair Hospital Green Team, South Park, Stowe and Wilkins.

Indiana County: Indiana

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. December'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.

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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