This year's Spring Redd Up removes 500 tons of litter


Reports from communities for area Redd Ups in March, April and May indicate spring cleanups attracted 22,500 to 25,000 volunteers who removed 450 to 500 tons of litter. An estimated 450 to 500 communities in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and beyond participated.

Citizens Against Litter, one of the organizers of the event, said results this spring attracted 2,500 to 5,000 more volunteers this year than in 2015. The amount of litter collected by volunteers was about the same as 2015.

“We’ve been helping organize Redd Ups and keeping tabs on results since 2006,” said Boris Weinstein. “More groups and more volunteers are reported every year.”

Some of the reports are impressive:

• 400 Duquesne University student volunteers cleared 10 tons of litter on South Side, the Hill District and Uptown.

• Monroeville, in its 21th year of the Jack Sedlak Cleanup, attracted 350 volunteers who collected 3.5 tons.

• Squirrel Hill had 120 volunteers and collected 2.5 tons.

• Homewood had 65 volunteers and collected 2 tons.

• Collier’s “Keep Collier Beautiful” counted 120 volunteers and collected 3 tons.

• South Park’s 100 volunteers picked up 1 ton.

• Ross Township had 60 volunteers and collected ½ ton.

• Two different Mt. Washington groups had 68 volunteers and collected several tons.

• Findlay and North Fayette, working together, counted 85 volunteers while Friends of the Riverfront attracted 56 volunteers.

The fall Redd Up and Pitt Make a Difference Day will be Saturday, Oct. 22.


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