January 3, 2012 |

Spring Earth Day Redd Up nearly half way to volunteer goal

"We're approaching 50 percent of our challenging triple goal for the Spring Earth Day Redd Up weekend, Apr. 20, 21, 22," said Boris Weinstein of Citizens Against Litter, the coordinating group.

The goals announced earlier are participation by 250 Pittsburgh neighborhoods/ groups and communities in Allegheny, Washington, Beaver, Butler and Westmoreland counties, 250 tons of collected litter and trash and 20,000 volunteers.

"We expect sign ups to pick up now that the holidays are behind us." said Mr. Weinstein. "It's hard to focus on spring cleanups before the effects of winter and snow have hardly been felt. There's still 3½ months to Earth Day (Apr. 22). That's plenty of time to reach and exceed the goals."

In Pittsburgh 73 of 90 neighborhoods will participate. In Allegheny County the number is 23. Dozens of groups have signed on as well.

Communities/groups and individuals interested in participating as volunteers are asked to contact Citizens Against Litter who will put them in touch with neighborhood Clean Pittsburgh Stewards. Contact boris.weinstein@verizon.net or call 412-688-9120.

Pittsburgh public, private and parochial schools kick off the weekend on Friday, April 20 with the Stash the Trash event. To register a school, contact Sarah Alessio Shea at PA Resources Council, the coordinating organization, at saraha@ccicenter.org or call 412-488-7490. Saturday, April 21 will be the day most communities hit the streets, cleaning up litter, sprucing up and planting community gardens.

Communities outside Pittsburgh are encouraged to have their spring cleanups on this same weekend. Register your participation through boris.weinstein@verizon.net.

South Pittsburgh neighborhoods and organizations participating in Pittsburgh include Allentown Beltzhoover, Carrick, Duquesne Heights, Friends of the Riverfront, Mount Oliver, Mount Washington, PA Resources Council, Overbrook, Pittsburgh Cares, Pittsburgh Post Office, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pittsburgh Job Corps, Polish Hill, Redd Up Zone groups: Allegheny County Adult Probation, Heinz History Center, PA Resources Council, South Side and South Side Slopes.

Also in Allegheny County—Brentwood and Mount Oliver.

Citizens Against Litter, PA Resources Council, Allegheny CleanWays, Renew Pittsburgh and Totally Against Graffiti are members of the Clean Pittsburgh Commission. Groups and communities lean heavily on Pittsburgh Public Works and other public works departments to haul away collected litter. Pittsburgh Public Works, PennDOT and Allegheny CleanWays provide bags and gloves and, in some cases, safety vests for volunteers.

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