We are people of all ages. We are a loosely connected group of Pittsburgh residents and merchants who are passionate about picking up litter in our neighborhoods. We are involved in the Redd Up Pittsburgh movement.
Active since March 2005, our band of volunteers is making a big impact. Streets, gutters, sidewalks, grassy places and alleys are cleaner. We started in Shadyside, but our reach goes far beyond Walnut Street. What we accomplish here can be replicated in other neighborhoods throughout Pittsburgh.
July 30, 2013: Dana Dekman snapped this picture while waiting to merge on to Route 19 and added this commentary: "This is only 2 feet of Route 19. Trillions are littered each year. Cigarettes are the most littered item in the world. People need to be educated that they are NOT biodegradable. They take 15 years or longer to decompose. A cigarette has over 4000 chemicals in it and when it gets wet it releases more chemicals that cannot be filtered out. They all end up in our oceans and drinking water. South Carolina has billboards that say 'Our earth is not your ashtray.' West Virginia has signs for litter stating the fine can be $25,000 and jail time. I didn't see much litter there while driving by. They scared people and it worked."
If a picture's worth a thousand words, then we have a lot to say. Check back often, or visit our photo collection for more pictures of litter, and, when things go right, maybe even some glitter.
Do you know of a trouble spot that you'd like to highlight? Snap a picture and mail it to us. Only by identifying the problem can we begin to solve it.
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
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