April 10, 2012 |

Citizens Against Litter nears having 20,000 volunteers for Earth Day

"We're approaching our challenging triple goal for the Spring Earth Day Redd Up weekend, April 20, 21, 22," said Boris Weinstein of Citizens Against Litter, the coordinating group. (Some Redd Ups are on other dates.)

The goals announced months 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.

In Pittsburgh 84 of 90 neighborhoods say they will participate. In Allegheny County, the number of boroughs and townships is 52. In other counties the approximate 50 participants is a low registration number. In addition, 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. Twenty-two schools with some 1,900 students are participating. 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. Earth Day this year is Sunday, April 22.

South Pittsburgh neighborhoods participating include: Allentown, Arlington, Banksville, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Bon Air, Brookline, Carrick, Central Northside, Duquesne Heights, Knoxville, Mount Oliver, Mount Washington, Overbrook, South Side and South Side Slopes.

South Pittsburgh participating groups include Allegheny CleanWays, Beautify Banksville Road, PA Resources Council, Redd Up Adopt-a-Zone Groups (Allegheny County Adult Probation, Jucunda Street Committee, PA Resources Council), South Side Graffiti Watch and The Academy School.

Stash the Trash schools—Roosevelt, Grandview, Phillips and Carrick.

In Allegheny County Mount Oliver is participating.

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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