On the morning of Saturday, March 26, the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (CDC), Pennsylvania Resources Council, and Allegheny CleanWays, is hosting its 19th annual Mount Washington Cleanup.
Experienced rock climbers and mountaineers from the Explorers Club will be using their climbing skills and equipment to safely remove garbage from the steep slopes of Mount Washington along Grandview Avenue. The slopes are frequented by visitors from all over the world who take advantage of the observation platforms overlooking Downtown Pittsburgh, Station Square, and the three rivers.
In prior years, the Explorers Club and community volunteers have recovered at least a half-ton of trash from the Mount Washington hillside. Items recovered have included numerous plastic trash bags and recyclables to unexpected items like Lay-Z-Boy chairs, stereo systems, walking canes, vacuum cleaners, and even an engagement ring! Once recovered, recyclable items are separated and bagged for recycling by dedicated volunteers.
The public is welcome to visit and observe as ECP members climb and rappel the mountainside from 9 a.m. until noon. Those interested in volunteering with the cleanup or learning more about the cleanup should contact the ECP's Karen Kirk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-874-9986.
The CDC is an organization of the Mount Washington/Duquesne Heights community that helps balance development, the area's unique natural and historic features, and the well-being of the people who live, work and visit there. For information about the CDC, www.mwcdc.org .
The Pennsylvania Resources Council, established in 1939, is one of Pennsylvania's oldest citizen action environmental organizations, focusing on waste reduction and recycling programs that bring people, businesses and government together to prevent and solve environmental problems. For more information about the PRC, www.prc.org .
Allegheny CleanWays is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2000 to "engage and empower people to eliminate illegal dumping and littering in Allegheny County."