May 5, 2009 |

Redd Ups haul in more than 350 tons of litter

The area's spring Redd Ups sprung loose a lot of litter. Citizens Against Litter tracked more than 200 Redd Ups in five counties (Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland).

From reports received for 20 Pittsburgh neighborhoods Citizens Against Litter projected that more than 10,000 adults and school kids volunteered in 86 city neighborhoods. They picked up more than 100 tons of litter from city streets, sidewalks and lots.

Boris Weinstein said the five-county projection total for 200 cleanups attracted 17,000 to 20,000 volunteers who hauled away more than 350 tons of litter, several thousand tires and other trash.

He believes there were hundreds more unreported cleanups in the area.

Mr. Weinstein estimated the 18,000 volunteers “donated” over $350,000 in time at $10 per hour each for two hours. He said, “That's a low-ball arbitrary figure based on the $19 per hour estimate of a volunteer's time computed by the Independent Sector, a non-profit coalition representing thousands of charitable groups.”

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