With only weeks to go, 227 communities and groups in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Beaver, Washington and Westmoreland counties say they will participate in the Spring Redd Up in April and May. Most cleanups will take place on April 17 and April 23-24-25.
Citizens Against Litter raised projections to 15, 000 to 18,000 volunteers that will take to the streets. In Pittsburgh, 10,000 volunteers are expected in 86 neighborhoods.
"This year we'll be celebrating a lot of special days that bring attention to our environment," said Boris Weinstein of Citizens Against Litter. "There's the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), Redd Up Weekend (April 23-24-25), Great PA Cleanup (Apr. 17-May 1), World Environment Day (April 22- June 5) and Arbor Day (April 30). We are expecting 3,000 kids in Pittsburgh schools (Stash the Trash Day, April 23) and thousands in other schools to be among the volunteers."
"The response has been terrific, exceeding expectations. But it's far from automatic. We've been talking this up to community leaders for six months. We think there'll be more than 250 communities and groups involved and we won't know of all of them," Mr. Weinstein added.
Citizens against Litter, PA Resources Council, Allegheny CleanWays, PennDOT and all the public works departments have worked over the years to help organize, put supplies in the hands of volunteers and collect hundreds of tons of bagged litter.
Citywide Redd Ups in the spring and fall are supported and endorsed by the Clean Pittsburgh Commission.
Community leaders who want to sign up and individuals who want to be matched with neighborhood groups should contact Boris Weinstein at 412-688-9120 or email@example.com.