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Citizens Against Litter

March 2016 Newslitter

In this newsletter: Our mission; Good effort on litter but more is needed; "Feel good and my neighborhood's cleaner"; This year's spring Great PA Cleanup event at record numbers; Need help locating a place to volunteer?; Spring 2016 Redd Up known participants; Report mailbox graffiti; "I Litter" awards; Shadyside Garbagevilles; Important phone numbers; Principal puts lid on wrapper controversy; Clean NYC announced; The last word

Our mission

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

Good effort on litter but more is needed

We hear from the public often and want to share their thoughts with our readers.

Dear Mr. Weinstein: As a citizen of Pittsburgh, I commend you on your efforts of trying to keep this town and its suburbs clean. But the mindset still has a long way to go.

More local litter commercials and law enforcement needs to be done. More toughness from this mayor. Meaning, going after the public in full force and not showing any mercy about throwing trash on the streets, highways and exits.

More public trash cans are needed everywhere. Re-educate more people on litter, so the culture here can change for good. Show more respect from the public where they live and keep it clean (more) often. More litter arrests need to be made or ticketed.

And the same goes for graffiti here. That problem is really out of control. The mayor needs to bring the hammer down on taggers for good and do a major clean up throughout the city. Pittsburgh has one of the worse graffiti and litter problems in the country. No reason for this at all.

"Feel good and my neighborhood's cleaner"

Jim Heinrich writes in:

Winter had me feeling a bit sad for the past week. So on this gorgeous day, I took advantage of the warmth and began picking up the litter in my part of Stanton Heights. Two hours later, I had filled two construction-size bags.

I feel like a new person, and the neighborhood looks like a new neighborhood. Thanks for your leadership!

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 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 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 on Friday, April 29.

We are projecting approximately 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.

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 boris.weinstein@verizon.net.

Spring 2016 Redd Up's known participants

Pittsburgh: 31st Ward, 31st Ward Action Group, Allegheny City Central Assoc., Allegheny CleanWays, Allegheny County Adult Probation, Arlington, Bailey Ave. and Beltzhoover St., Beltzhoover, Banksville Road, Beaver Ave. Cleanup, Beechview, Bigelow Overbrook, Bloomfield, Brookline, Brighton Heights, Brighton Heights Citizen Federation, Brightwood, Bull Elephants, Carnegie Mellon University and South Craig Cleanup, Carrick, Citizens Against Litter, Comcast Care Days, Crawford Square, Duquesne University Spiritan Campus Ministry, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, Esplen, Edgebrook Ave. Dump Cleanup, Explorer Club, Fairywood, Friends of the Riverfront, Garfield, Greenfield, Hazelwood, Hazelwood Initiative, Hill District, Highland Park Bridge Ramp Cleanup, Homewood, Homewood's LAMP, Rapha Ministries and North Way Christian Community, Jubilee Christian School, Larimer, Lawrenceville, Lawrenceville United, Lincoln, Lower Hill, Kelly St. Tree Care, Manchester, Manchester Historic Society, Middle Hill, Mount Washington Annual Hillside Cleanup, Nine Mile Run Watershed, North Perry Hilltop, North Fayette, One Clean Northside collaborative, Oakland, Oak Hill, Paddle Without Pollution, Park Place, Pitt (Be a Good Neighbor), PA Resources Council, Pitt-Ohio, Pitcairn, Pitcairn Fire Co #1, Pittsburgh Park Conservancy, Perry Hilltop Community Clean Up, Morningside, Perry South Dump Site Cleanup, Polish Hill, Riverside Community Correction Center, Sample Road Cleanup, Saw Mill Run Greenway, Schenley Park Tree Planting, Schenley Heights, Shadyside, Shadyside Chamber of Commerce, Sheraden, Soldier & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Love Your Memory, South Side Flats, South Side 17th Block Group Watch, South Side 18th St. and Monongalia Dump Cleanup, South Side 4th St and Non River Cleanup, South Sides Slopes, South Side Slopes, South Side Park, South Side 4th St. Tireless Friday, South Side Development Corp. Strip District, Squirrel Hill, Squirrel Hill Litter Patrol, Stanton Heights, Stanton Heights Neighborhood Assoc., Strip District, Spring Garden/ East Deutschtown, Spring Hill, Spring Hill Civic League, Summer Hill, Swisshelm Park, Troy Hill, Woods Run/McClure/ Echat Cleanup (Brightwood Civic Group), Uptown and USS Inferno Science Fiction Group.

Allegheny County: Allison Park Sportsman's Club, Avalon, Brentwood, Brentwood Hollow Cleanup, Braddock, Braddock Boat Launch Clean up, Cache In, Trash Out with Pittsburgh Area Geocaching, Carrie Furnace Tireless Cleanup, Carnegie Cleanup and Planting, Collier, Coraopolis Women of the Moose, Crafton, Crafton Park, Crafton Boro & Carlynton School District, Clean Up Days & Boy Scout Troop 147, Dravosburg, Duquesne, Duquesne Trashbashers, East McKeesport, East Pittsburgh, Elizabeth, Deep Creek Cleanup, Franklin Park, Franklin Park's Wexford Run Rd Cleanup, Franklin Park's Free Electronic Recycling, Findley, Fox Chapel, Squaw Run Rd., Friends of North Park, Friends of South Park, Gateway Rec Center, Glassport, Indiana, Hampton, Harrison, Harmar, Harmar Deer Creek Tireless Event, Heidelberg, Huntington Woods Homeowners Assoc., Indiana, Lincoln, Leetsdale, Keep Collier Beautiful Committee, Moon, Monroeville, 19th Annual Jack Sedlak Memorial Cleanup Day, Monroeville's Maximalist Sports Bike Ryders, Oakmont, Ohio, McCandless, McKeesport, Mount Lebanon, Natrona Comes Together, North Versailles, North Fayette, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, Ohio, PennDOT CE Council 11-0, Penn Hills, Penn Hills' Allegheny River Blvd., Penn Hills Community Development Corp, Rodi Rd. Cleanup, Pine Creek Cleanup, Pitcairn, Annual Pitcairn Jamie Summers Memorial Cleanup, Plum Creek Clean up, Pressley Ridge, Plum Creek Cleanup, Rankin, Riverside Community Center, Ross, Ross Twp. Parks & Recreation, Scott, Shaler, South Fayette, South Park, South Park Historical Society Cleanup, St. Clair Hospital Green Team, Scott, South Park, Stowe, Tree Care of Dickson School, Summer Hill, Swissvale, Tri-State Trout Club, Turtle Creek, Wilkinsburg, Wilkinsburg Hosanna House Child Development Center, Wilkinsburg Coal St. Tree Care, Wilkinsburg's Pittsburgh Urban Christian School, Wilkins and Winchester Drive Neighborhood.

Beaver County: Ambridge, Ambridge Beautification Committee, Aliquippa, Aliquippa's Council of Men and Women, Ambridge, Ambridge Beautification Committee, Beaver (Redding up the Ramps), Center, Brighton, Brighton's New Horizon Students Against Littering), Center's Target Monaca, Franklin, Franklin's Daisy Girl Scout Troop 16131, Hopewell, Hopewell's Football Boosters, Together We Can Clean Up Hopewell, Rochester and Rochester's Friends of the Riverfront.

Butler County: Butler City, Butler Jr. High School Trout in the Classroom, Downtown Athletic Fund Cleanup, Butler YMCA, Camp Center, Lions Rd. Cleanup, Chicora, Chicora Park, Evans City, Boy Scout Troop 199, Boy Scout Troop 399, Evans City Community Park, Evans City Concerned Citizens, Penn and Penn Twp. Travel Center.

Lawrence County: Ellwood City, Wiley Hill Gang, Ellwood City Community Enrichment, Grishannock Creek Trail Cleanup, Tri-County Cleanup, Enon Valley, Russell Rd. Cleanup, Little Beaver Green Thumbs 4H Club, Ewing Park, Electronic Recycling Collection, New Castle, Neshannock Creek Cleanup, New Version for Lawrence County, Shenango, Fletcher Hill Rd. Tri-County CleanWays, Wampum, River Rd. Cleanup, Wampum Chapter North County Trail Assoc., Wilmington and Westminster College Football.

Washington County: Amati Family, Back Porch Restaurant & Spears St. Grill, California, Canton , Carroll, Canonsburg, Cecil, Cross Creek, Cross Creek Cleanup, Covenant Life Fellowship, East Bethlehem, Franklin, Franklin's Daisy Girl Scout Troop 16131, Helping Hands for Cecil Parks, Mingo Creek Park, McDonald, Nottingham, Peters, Peters Township Environmental Quality, Pitt-Ohio Express, Ten Mile Creek, Theta Xi Fraternity, Washington City, Washington County Parks and Recreation, ABATE Highway Cleanup, Washington City, Washington County Watershed Alliance, West Bethlehem, Weinrich Rd Cleanup, Weinzen Family and White Family.

Westmoreland County: Allegheny, Friends of Indian Hill Rd & Bagdad Rd., Derry, Building, Bodeez Fitness & Wellness Center, DARCee Spring Cleanup Group (Gray Station Rd.), Delmont, Annual Park Cleanup, Derry, Derry's Gray Station Rd cleanup, Fairfield, Greensburg, Academy Hill Historic District, AHHD Earth Weekend Cleanup, Girl Scout Troop 27065, Troop 251, Hempfield, Cribb Station Rd., Clelian Heights HTS ATF, Jeannette, Ligonier, 11th Annual Greater Ligonier Valley Cleanup, Loyalhanna, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Loyalhanna Lake Annual Shoreline Cleanup, Mount Pleasant, Murraysville, Murrysville Lions Club (Bulltown Rd. Cleanup), Tarr Hollow Rd. Cleanup, North Huntingdon, Troop 251 Tire Roundup, New Stanton's Central Westmoreland CTC, North Huntindon's Chestnut Hills Youth, Trafford, Trafford Economic & Development Corp., Unity, St. Vincent College, Beauty County Rd. Cleanup, 10th Annual Latrobe Corridor Cleanup, Loyalhanna Watershed Assoc., Boggaley Elementary School, Rostraver, Rostraver Lions and Leos' Felisburg Hill Cleanup, Smithton, Friends of Smithton Memorial Cleanup, South Huntingdon, untingdon's Girl Scout Troop 27065, Huntingdon Yukon Cleanup, SNPJ Lodge 729 "Silverstar", West Leechburg, Kishninetas Watershed Assoc., West Newton, Youngwood and Sewickley Creek Watershed Assoc. Cleanup.

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. February's 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.

Principal puts lid on wrapper controversy

(The following is reprinted from "This Week in Litterland" newsletter, which is available at http://litterpreventionprogram.com/this-week-in-litterland.html)

Ivan Clark, President of the Association of Public Primary School Principals in Barbados, sided with litter prevention as a controversy swirls over the suspension and possible transfer of a Springer Memorial Secondary School student, who ignored his teacher's order to pick up a candy wrapper on school property. Speaking at the annual National Primary School Awards at Queen College recently, Clark told students, "Your school must be treated like a second home. I see nothing wrong with students keeping their surroundings clean. You have got to learn from now that you keep your room at home clean; you keep your school tidy and you keep your streets clean.

CleanNYC announced

(This item, too, is reprinted from "This Week in Litter" newsletter.)

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced $4.2-million to be rolled into graffiti removal and litter abatement across New York's five boroughs. The booster fund ushers in CleanNYC, a mayor-led initiative that pledges more frequent collection from public bins, power washing of sidewalks in high traffic business locales, more attention to highways and onramps. Another $2.5 million is destined for capital expenditures. Targeted hotspots include Brooklyn's Church Ave., 125th St. in Manhattan, Broadway on the Upper West Side, Hylan Blvd. on Staten Island, Downtown Flushing Transit Hub in Queens and Jerome-Gun Hill in the Bronx.

The last word

Remember. Rome wasn't redd up in a day either.

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