By Phillip Poupore — Pittsburgh is the latest in a line of cities to begin using “Bigbelly” solar-powered trash compactors. The “Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership” received 10 of these specially designed compactors through a grant from the Alcoa Foundation with hopes of limiting the amount of trash removal by PDP employees. “The potential benefits of recycling […]
By Nicholas Vercilla — Tony Deangelo and Mindy Grego were working on picking up trash at an abandoned homeless encampment when they noticed that a combination of mice, rats and snakes were living underneath. Angelo Pampena was at one point picking up litter on the side of the road when he noticed a water bottle […]
By Phillip Poupore — Arguably one of the most iconic anti-littering television campaigns began in the early ’70s, a spot that focused on a Native American who was so overwhelmed by the amount of litter around him that a single tear ran from his eye. That premise was recreated in 2014 by the Pennsylvania Resources Council […]
By Nicholas Vercilla — Kathleen Hrabovsky has been looking for a way to help Pittsburgh deal with cigarette butts. She says that even within the four government buildings on Ross and Grant Street, she and her workers pick up an average of 1,000 butts within a year. Now she has spearheaded a program to add 16 […]
By Nicholas Vercilla — Luci-Jo DiMaggio and her student volunteers at Duquesne University were helping Allegheny Cleanways remove trash from a hillside on Bigelow Boulevard. Along with removing such things as a refrigerator and a hot water tank, DiMaggio’s students also found a safe that caused them great pains to roll up the hillside […]
By Candice McDermott — When Myrna Newman, Executive Director of Allegheny CleanWays, arrived with the DumpBusters crew in Beltzhoover to help with a cleanup of illegal dumping in September 2015, she did not expect an AK-47 to be the first item to be pulled out of the pile. It was the fourth weapon found by […]
By Phillip Poupore — This is just one of the many examples of what results from people improperly disposing of trash. Photo by Phillip Poupore. Joshua Rottman’s studies of moral psychology say that to protect the environment people must be forced to face both the harm littering causes as well as the general sanctity […]
By Jessica O’Shell — It was a chilly, Saturday morning in Pittsburgh when thousands of students dressed in their bright yellow “Pitt Makes A Difference Day” shirts arrived to help ‘Redd Up’ the city of Pittsburgh. “It’s about more than just cleaning up the city,” says Rachel Lauver. “It’s a way to celebrate the University’s core values.” Last […]
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!