May 27, 2014 | Vol. 74 No. 45

So. Pittsburgh area school students design trash cans for litter project

A selected group of Pittsburgh Public School students were invited and encouraged to help in the fight against litter with the City of Pittsburgh, and to have creative and educational fun -- by participating in a pilot awareness campaign, “Litter…Just CAN It!” trash can decorating initiative.

The contest was an effort to address the pervasive and persistent problem with ongoing litter in the City of Pittsburgh. The program provided an opportunity for students to showcase their artistic ability while promoting an anti-litter message and raise awareness of the negative effects of litter.

It also encouraged the students not to litter, as well as, the importance of recycling.

The pilot program included five South Pittsburgh Public schools: Pittsburgh Concord Pre K-5, Pittsburgh Phillips K-5, Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8, Pittsburgh South Brook Middle School and Pittsburgh Roosevelt PreK-5.

Criteria included: To decorate an on-site 30 gallon or larger trash can or recycle can; Display the can in the cafeteria to encourage students to properly dispose of their garbage, recycle on a daily basis, and to continue to reiterate the anti-litter message; The can must display an anti-litter message or slogan; Materials may include, but not limited to: construction paper, fabric, paint, cardboard, tissue paper, glitter, and/or photos; and, the use of recycled material was strongly encouraged.

The anti-litter cans were available for viewing on Earth Day, April 22.

The students were recognized for their efforts on May 1, 2014 by Pittsburgh’s anti-litter coordinator Melissa Rosenfeld, the Department of Public Works, and Cindy Falls, School Board Director District #7.

The students received a certificate of participation from the City of Pittsburgh, photos of the decorated trash cans are posted on the City of Pittsburgh website and the participants received Pittsburgh Pirates tickets.

Sponsors included: City of Pittsburgh, Department of Public Works, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Carrick Community Council, Pittsburgh Pirates, State Senator Jay Costa, and State Representative Harry Readshaw.

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