By Eddie Trizzino and Tyler Polk
It’s amazing to see how much hard work and effort goes into keeping the city, much less one block, clean of litter caused by careless people who think nothing of tossing trash on the ground.
It’s even more amazing to see someone disregard that hard work and throw their garbage on the ground instead of in the trash.
Throughout the process of creating the first edition of this all-new digital magazine, a stellar group of aspiring journalists at Point Park University have seen it all. From the ground to the trash, litter’s journey has been documented in these 20+ stories written over several months by a staff which is passionate about the littering problems in Pittsburgh.
Tyler Polk and Olivia Ruk documented the good deeds performed by “Allegheny Cleanways,”one of the largest organizations in Pittsburgh dedicated to cleaning up the city. It not only organizes clean-ups, other special events but oversees similar organizations.
The issue of cleaning our city’s three rivers was tackled by Haley Wisniewski, who who wrote about two groups, “Friends of the Riverfront,” and “Paddle Without Pollution” whose volunteers go to great lengths to rid the rivers of trash.
Nicholas Vercilla and Ashley Kolumban had the opportunity to spend time with several different student organizations whose volunteers spend thousands of hours each year cleaning up their campuses and other communities throughout the city. It’s great to see that even busy students have time and willingness to clean up messes they didn’t cause in the first place.
Through producing the litter issue for PointclickPGH.com, we gained insight about the generous efforts of the many individuals and groups that are dedicated to cleaning up litter.
Phillip Poupore wrote about the “Psychology of a Litterbug” by meeting with a psychologist who has done studies to see what circumstances cause people to litter, whether it be their mental state or their surroundings.
Emily Fava found out about an interesting way to cut down on the amount of waste we produce, by writing about “Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse,” which is all about finding new things to do with old junk, where one’s trash really can become a treasure.
The fine for littering in Pittsburgh can be up to $1,000, which was written about by Jessica O’Shell, who warns people of the immediate retribution this violation can have on an offender.
We commend the energy and will power of all of the groups in the region who work long hours to put an end to this problem, but it can’t be done without help from everyone. If you see this problem occurring anywhere, don’t just stand there, do something about it!