Reports from communities for area Redd Ups in March and April indicate spring cleanups will attract 18,000 volunteers who will remove more than 400 tons of litter by the end of May.
Citizens Against Litter, one of the organizers of the event, reprojected numbers from an earlier forecast of 15,000 volunteers and 300 tons collected.
“It’s apparent that residents were anxious to get out and clean up their neighborhoods and roads after a hard winter”, said Boris Weinstein.
Some of the reports are impressive:
• 525 Duquesne University student volunteers, as they have done year after year, worked with a number of Greater Hill District, Uptown and South Side Flats neighborhood groups on April 12 and collected more than 25 tons of litter and trash.
• Allegheny CleanWays reported on three of their many illegal dump cleanups in Spring Hill, Perry South and Greenfield. About 60 volunteers gathered 250 tires, tons of litter and trash and hundreds of pounds of metal.
• 450 volunteers participating in the 19th Jack Sedlak Monroeville cleanup and collecting more than five tons of litter and 28 tires.
• McKees Rocks with 130 volunteers collected more than six tons.
• Friends of the Riverfront reported a turnout of 150 volunteers,
• Friends of South Park with a helping hand from Comcast estimated 100 volunteers while Brighton Heights and Oakmont checked in with 40 volunteers each.
• North Fayette and Findley, working together, attracted 60 volunteers who collected more than two tons and 1,000 tires in their annual Spring event.
• Homewood counted 92 volunteers, Stanton Heights came in with 79 volunteers, Hazelwood had 30 for litter cleanup and beautification, North Versailles (50) and East McKeesport (25) reported almost three tons of litter collected.
• Ross had 80 volunteers while the St. Clair Hospital Green Team turned out in Mt. Lebanon and Scott for their adopt- a- road effort on Bower Hill to Vanadium to Washington Pike, 3½ miles of road.
Dates for the fall area Redd Up with Pitt Make a Difference Day student volunteers have been announced for October 17, 18 and 19.