Earth Day Redd Ups pick up tons of trash
Citizens Against Litter is projecting that 9,000 volunteers in 200 communities and groups mostly in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County and neighboring counties collected approximately 300 tons of litter in the Spring/Earth Redd Up.
The early projection is based on reports from 20 percent of the participating communities and groups. On average, each neighborhood/community collected 1.4 tons; each volunteer collected about 12 bags; and 43 volunteers participated in each neighborhood/community Redd Up.
Some highlights: Luci-Jo DiMaggio reported that 550 Duquesne University students working with resident volunteers (additional 30) on South Side Flats and Slopes and volunteers in the Hill District (additional 145) collected over 13 tons (1,300 bags) of litter. Organizations involved were: Pa. Resources Council, Clean Green Hill, Hill District Consensus Group, Dinwiddie Street Alliance, Lombard Street Assoc ., Uptown Partners, House of the Crossroads, Friends of the Riverfront, South Side Slopes Assoc ., Macedonia Church, FOCUS Pittsburgh, Ujamaa Collective and Landslide Farms.
South Pittsburgh area clean-up results included: 91Allegheny County Day Reporting clients collected one ton in Arlington; Overbrook had 15 volunteers and collected 500 pounds of litter; Carrick’s16 volunteers gathered 480 pounds of litter; Bon Air had 20 volunteers collect 400 pounds of litter; Beltzhoover’s 35 volunteers gathered 2,600 pounds of trash; and, Mt. Oliver had11 volunteers collected 1,700 pounds of litter.
South Side Flats and Allentown were working on clean-ups over the weekend and results from Mount Washington and Knoxville weren’t available at press time.