By Alicia Green
When the Pennsylvania Resources Council noticed that residents had certain materials and goods that they could not always put out with their regular trash or recycling, it created “Hard to Recycle” collections.
“If we see the public in that position or we see a need, we try to fill it,” said Justin Stockdale, PRC Western Regional Director, in a telephone interview. “It started out with tires, refrigerators, which have Freon in them, and propane tanks from gas grills. It’s primarily today an electronics recycling program.”
Since 2003, “Hard to Recycle” collections have been held various times throughout the year in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Individuals can bring television sets, alkaline batteries, e-waste, cellular phones, Freon-containing appliances, tires and many other items to be recycled for free and, sometimes, for a fee.
This year, the PRC held six “Hard to Recycle” events with 4,372 participants. Approximately 41 polystyrene boxes, 1,232 tires, 417 Freon appliances, 508 microwaves, 1680 compact fluorescent bulbs, 2103 pounds of batteries and 526,248 pounds of electronics were recycled.
“There are options (for these items),” said Sarah Shea, PRC Environmental Education Coordinator, in a telephone interview. “They can be recycled properly. There is a value in them being recycled instead of being landfill. Some of the items we take, there are laws that mandate you must recycle them.”
For example, Shea said television sets are one of the items that are required to be recycled.
“You can’t put those out at the curb,” Shea said about television sets. “They have to go, and they have to be recycled in some way.”
“If you put your TV on the curb in front of your house, it will just sit there,” according to Stockdale. “There are very few, if any, outlets for those television sets in Western Pennsylvania other than our events.”
Stockdale said a new federal law was also passed that said propane tanks could no longer be refilled or used after a certain age.
“PRC worked with a local scrap metal company to find a safe and effective way to get those materials recycled,” Stockdale said after noting no one would take the tanks back.
The PRC partners with many companies, according to Stockdale, including NOVA Chemicals, the Allegheny County Health Department, Lanxess and Triple AAA.
“It really varies on why they’re interested,” Stockdale said. “It was a single employee that thought the program was important, and so they found a way to get their company to support the effort. And others, as in NOVA Chemicals for example, want to take responsibility for the products they’re putting out to the consumer. Others like the American Automobile Association see it as a great benefit to offer their clients or members. Their sponsorship gets their members a discount at our event.”
Stockdale continued, “By and large, those companies see the value in the services we’re offering and want to support them and make them available in our community.
When asked why the PRC charges fees for certain materials it collects, Stockdale said they are trying to make sure the consumer is aware that it should never be expected that these materials are free to recycle. He said in some cases certain materials have significant costs associated with them to be recycled.
“Our broader goal is not just to give away service, [it is] to educate people about the materials that they generate as waste,” Stockdale said.
While individuals have expressed how happy they are with the “Hard to Recycle” collections, both Stockdale and Shea said they wonder why there is not a permanent place to bring their items.
“Across the board, a majority of the people are very happy that they have an option for some of these things,” Shea said. “Even though people had to wait in long lines, they were appreciative that they were able to dispose of those items that they can’t throw away themselves. Sometimes people get frustrated because they wish we could do more for them. They’re like ‘Why can’t you do it every weekend?’”
Shea said it is understandable, but that PRC does what it can with provided funding and available staff among other things including timing and planning.
“We try to increase the number of those events,” Stockdale said. “We’re now working on trying to build a permanent collection place for those materials.”
Stockdale said it is more than possible for the PRC to have a final location for people to bring their items. He said it is not a matter of if, but when.
“We’re working very closely with Allegheny County [and the city of Pittsburgh] to see that become a reality,” Stockdale said. “Both are big supporters. They both recognize it. Our funders like the Heinz Endowments and the [Richard King Mellon Foundation] all recognize that while what we’re doing is very valuable, it doesn’t really solve the problem. They’re very supportive of us finding a permanent home for these programs.”
Stockdale said it is important for people to pay attention to the waste they create.
He continued, “People need to be aware that throwing a battery in a garbage can is not necessarily a safe thing to do just because they can.”
For those interested in bringing items to or volunteering with the Pennsylvania Resources Council, visit www.prc.org.
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 new cigarette receptacles around the government buildings.
“Many people don’t even consider cigarette butts litter,” said Hrabovsky.
Hrabovsky, Sustainability Manager for the Office of Sustainability in Allegheny County, said there will be four receptacles by each of the four government buildings on Ross Street and Grant Street. These are the Courthouse, the County Office Building, the Family Courts Building, and the City County Building.
In addition, seven 24’ 36-inch signs will accompany the receptacles, which will hold around 5,000 cigarette butts each.
“We will maintain them so they’re inviting,” said Hrabovsky.
According to Hrabovsky, this is a response to a survey that was done by the Office of Sustainability in which they found out that downtown, particularly around Ross Street, has the highest traffic of smoking.
“The cigarette litter is very pervasive downtown,” said Hrabovsky.
She has her workers and volunteers pick up cigarette butts around the government buildings every day.
Deputy Director for the Department of Facilities Management Phil La May says that every day when he goes to work, he sees people smoking by the buildings even though they are no smoking areas. He believes that more education and resources are needed to help solve this problem.
“There is nothing more frustrating than to see people smoking next to no smoking area signs and throwing the remains of their cigarettes on the ground when they only have to walk 20 feet to a receptacle,” said La May.
Hrabovsky believes that the receptacles will be out sometime in the spring and will hopefully lead to the city funding more of them in other smoking-heavy areas in Pittsburgh.
“It’s a source of pollution and it negatively affects the ecosystem,” said Hrabovsky.
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 Allegheny Cleanways this year.
“I helped out with the DumpBusters at a dump site in Beltzhoover. For dumpsites it’s not just litter; there are TV’s, car parts, glass, and renovation debris,” said Sam Weaver, PULSE Fellow and North Side Project Coordinator of Allegheny CleanWays.
PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) is an organization “committed to cultivating a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh.” PULSE was founded in 1994 by John Stahl-Wert, who observed the need for new service opportunities for young adults who have a history of active involvement in postgraduate voluntary work. While PULSE still has ties and connections to Mennonite churches and universities, it is financially and managerially independent and includes participants from different backgrounds that adhere to the mission and values of PULSE.
“To some extent we are an intermediary – organizations come to us and say, we want to get “x” done, and they view PULSE as a great opportunity to find university grads that are extremely talented, show great leadership ability, are service minded and that can tackle large-scale projects or build capacity internally for these organizations,” said Chris Cooke, Executive Director of PULSE.
Since its inception, over 200 PULSE participants have contributed some 350,000 hours of service to more than 100 Pittsburgh nonprofit organizations.
University graduates are invited to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits for a year of service and leadership, some of these non-profits include, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh, ARTEZ the Batch Foundation, AMIZADE Global Service-Learning, UPMC, 90.5 WESA, and Design Center.
Non-profits such as Allegheny CleanWays and Friends of the Riverfront have partnered with PULSE to gain friendships that can aid in litter control and illegal dumping projects.
“It allowed Friends of the Riverfront to increase their capacity, we were able to reach a broader range of area to work,” reflected Jeff McCauley, Director of Stewardship at Friends of the Riverfront.
Allegheny CleanWays engages and partners with community groups to remove dumps and debris from vacant lots, greenways, streets, and riverbanks. Although sometimes cleaning up these sites may involve finding hidden illegal drugs and weapons, such as the AK-47, Allegheny Cleanways continues to tackle sites throughout Greater Pittsburgh with the help of PULSE.
“I personally have known a lot of PULSE participants. I also knew Chris Cooke, so when we were looking to start expanding, PULSE was a good way to reach our capacity,” said Myrna Newman, Executive Director of Allegheny CleanWays.
Those interested in becoming a “PULSER” can apply and must be selected to become a fellow. Once selected, participants are paired with a non-profit in the Greater Pittsburgh area where they serve for 11 months receiving job training and skill development.
These recent graduates live in one of the seven houses that are owned and operated by PULSE. Three houses are located in the East End and four on the North Side.
“It’s a very unique service program in that there’s a large group of us living in one city, but there are smaller communities where we live together,” said Samantha Weaver, 2015-2016 PULSE Fellow.
Along with the non-profit service projects, PULSE Fellows are a part of the “Beautify Our ‘Burgh” program, where PULSE has adopted a block on Negley Avenue, between Penn and Stanton. A minimum of four cleanups occur every year, where fellows and community members are invited to address litter issues on that block.
“Our hope is to focus on how we measure our impact in the lives of young adults, in the lives of non-profits, and in the lives of neighborhood residents,” said Chris Cooke, Executive Director of PULSE.
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 October marked the 8th Annual Clean Up project ‘Pitt Makes A Difference Day’ (PMADD).
University of Pittsburgh students and faculty members reported to the William Pitt Union Lawn, rain or shine, at 9 a.m. where they checked in and received their assignment before heading out and getting down and dirty for the day.
“My job was to run a project that made toys for animals in animal shelters,” said project leader Liam McLane.
It wasn’t long before volunteers were picking up trash, removing graffiti or helping to create one of the many blankets that would later be given to the homeless here in the city of Pittsburgh.
“You need to be in the right mental state to give the best back to your community, and I would suggest doing this by taking a few moments to realize the magnitude of PMADD. Just the idea of students from all across campus coming together to help Pittsburgh gives me literal goosebumps, but then I am a huge nerd for volunteer work,” wrote volunteer Becca Tasker on her blog.
Together, volunteers were able to dedicate close to 20,000 hours on activities dedicating to cleaning up and helping out the city of Pittsburgh and it’s surrounding neighborhood communities.
Volunteers throughout the day managed to remove trash from along the roadside and even clean up some of Pittsburgh’s wooded areas.
Each of these sites that were listed for a clean-up were assigned by the offices of PittServes and the Pitt Student Government Board. Together they designate the clean-up sites for the day by way of submission.
Each year businesses and individuals are encouraged to complete the open registration form. The only requirement is that the sites must be able to be cleaned up without the use of power tools.
Some of the this year’s sites included: Bigelow Blvd., Schenley Plaza (in front of the PORCH restaurant) and University Drive.
“Thanks for volunteering on Troy Hill today! The gals that visited today were awesome and definitely made a difference in our community with their hard work!” said Troy Hill Citizens, Inc.
This was just one of the many thanks that volunteers received.
Trish Tok also told the organization – “Thank you for making a difference! Great job!” via Facebook.
Although this volunteer project is only available to University of Pittsburgh student’s and faculty members, it was estimated that about 4,200 of those 5,000 registered reported for their assignment. PMADD is not the University’s only clean-up project, throughout the year they also do smaller events such as “Pitt Project Oakland,” which is a spring-time project that helps to clean up and give new life to the Oakland community. This helps to control the litter year-round.
This year’s Pitt Makes A Difference Day was held on Saturday, October 24, 2015, which Lauver said was great because it was also happened to be National Make A Difference Day as well.
“I love the event, I think it’s a great way to get involved here at the University … I will absolutely participate again,” said McLane.
For more information on this project or to submit a site request visit:
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By Nicholas Vercilla
Tim Maloney was driving through Brighton Heights one day and saw someone open their car window and throw a plastic cup onto the road.
Kate Kelley was picking up litter when someone walked by and casually threw a bottle into her hedges.
Those commonplace experiences with litter in the Brighton Heights area in the North Side of Pittsburgh led Maloney to create a volunteer litter clean-up group in the area.
“I would drive around the neighborhood and see so much trash,” he said. “I decided something needed to be done.”
Maloney started the crew around four years ago, which now includes 30 members, to pick up trash in the area and create a more positive outlook on the community.
Maloney assigns a volunteer to an area that needs to be cleaned up once a month. The group also has a big spring and fall clean-up in which nearly everyone in the community goes out and picks up dozens of pounds of trash in every neighborhood in Brighton Heights. The event is called a “neighborhood blitz on trash.”
After the cup was thrown on the ground in front of him, Maloney asked the man why he just littered. The man profanely threatened him before asking a rhetorical question:
“Why does it matter?”
He took the man’s license plate number and reported the incident to the police.
Despite occasional heckling, Maloney says that the majority of people in the community are thankful for the help and will often give them support in any way they can.
Kelley also questioned the person who threw the bottle and got similar responses.
“It’s crazy. Every morning I have to pick up a bag of McDonald’s in front of my car,” said Kelley, who lives on Brighton Road.
Sembrat of Fleming Ave said for years he has been picking up litter in his neighborhood and joined the group after getting into contact with Maloney through the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation Facebook page.
Kelley has been picking up litter in the neighborhood for the last thirteen years. Karyn Pappert of Wittmer Street has been writing monthly reports called Trash Talk about the litter in Brighton Heights.
All four of them have found their fair share of weird and outrageous items. Kelley has found drug equipment while Maloney has found everything from old television sets and car parts to hair weaves.
The group is non-profit and is supported by the nearby Brighton Heights Citizens Federation.
“Without volunteers picking up trash, our neighborhoods would not look as neat or clean as it does,” said Maloney.
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 filled with urine.
Those are some of the most unique litter finds the workers of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation deal with while picking up tons of litter each year.
“Litter is very important to us,” said Pampena, who serves as the Allegheny County Senior Maintenance Manager for PennDot. “It’s a continuous effort.”
Pampena says PennDOT workers encounter so much refuse, that most of his crew spend their days cleaning up litter once every two weeks from April through September.
A clean-up crew managed by Deangelo and Grego picked up 250 tires and filled two-dozen truck-loads of debris during 2015. He also says that his group fills 60-90 bags of litter a day, or about 8,000 a year.
“There were days when it was pouring down rain all day and we out picking trash,” said Deangelo.
Pampena says next to complaints about potholes, litter is the number one complaint that PennDOT receives every year. He said it spends between $1-$2 million annually on cleaning litter in Allegheny County alone.
Another popular program the PennDOT helps support is the Adopt-A-Highway Program. This program allows volunteer groups to clean up a stretch of a road four times a year. Anybody can sign up at adoptahighway.com.
Mike Grace is a member of a Adopt-A-Highway volunteer group that is comprised of PennDOT employees. He says that his group meets during the spring and summer every six to seven weeks in Bridgeville on Route 50 to pick up litter.
“It’s kind of depressing,” said Grace. “I just don’t like looking at it.”
Regardless of whether the problem of litter continues to get better or worse, the people of PennDOT continue to push for a cleaner and brighter future for the city.
“They do a great deed for the community,” said Grace.
By Nicholas Vercilla —
Among the most bizarre finds when Dianne Swan and her volunteer team were cleaning up Homewood was when they found an abandoned backhoe in an alleyway.
Alicia Carberry spent her birthday helping to pick up 50 tires and a dump truck full of debris in Beltzhoover.
Patty Chavez routinely picks up hypodermic needles that are inches away from children’s playgrounds.
Those are just some of the experiences and the dedication that is displayed by the members of the Clean Pittsburgh Commission.
“Each person brings a different strength to the table,” said Sarah Alessio Shea, the Chair of the Clean Pittsburgh Commission.
The Clean Pittsburgh Commission, also known as the CPC, is a volunteer organization that is comprised of members from different litter groups in and around Pittsburgh, such as Allegheny Cleanways and Pittsburgh Public Works. The CPC was created in 2005 after the Pittsburgh City Council created a commission to help fight litter.
Shea says that the main goals of the CPC include quality of life programs. These include cleaning up litter, encouraging recycling, stopping illegal dumping, and focus on beautification.
Shea was part of a group that included other members of the commission in which they went around every neighborhood in Pittsburgh to record the amount of litter at each of them. They would then base the litter index on a 1 to 4 scale with a 4 being the highest concentration of litter. She said that the overall average of Pittsburgh was a 2.4.
Shea is thankful for all of the support that each member brings and is hopeful that they can work to improve the city every day through their actions.
“We can make a bigger difference if we put all these resources together,” said Shea.
Swan, who represents Rosedale Block Cluster Inc., has been a member since summer 2015 and was invited to join by Pittsburgh’s Mayor Bill Peduto.
Swan regularly picks up trash in any high-traffic areas as well as parking lots all over Pittsburgh. On the day she found the backhoe, Swan said that she and her team were picking up litter in Homewood when one of her members found it. She said that everybody was shocked and surprised by the discovery. They did test to see if it was working, in the end they discovered it wasn’t.
Swan and her team then had to physically take the backhoe apart in order for it to be carried away. She said however that all of it was worth it to keep her area clean and safe for everyone.
“I think it’s important because if you have a clean place for everyone, it promotes better conduct,” said Swan.
Carberry, a community advocate for the CPC, leads a program called “Neighborhood of Focus,” in which volunteers under the guidance of the CPC go to troubled and littered neighborhoods for a year to clean and provide the tools and education to maintain it for the future.
The first year for the program was in 2014 in which the group worked in Hazelwood. The group held a summer camp whose goal was to help provide education on litter prevention, recycling, and watershed awareness.
There was also a series of massive cleanups in 14 empty lots and three roadsides. During the 116 hours of cleaning, more than 25,000 pounds of vegetation and 22,000 pounds of trash were removed.
Over the past year, the group concentrated its efforts in Beltzhoover, Allentown, and Knoxville.
Carberry is very passionate by her work and what she finds when she picks up litter. She loves to collect old bottles that she tends to find from the 1920s and the 1930s. She says that it is fun for her to “pull from Pittsburgh’s past.”
One day when Carberry and her volunteer team were in Hazelwood, they discovered a massive illegal dump site where they found the normal assortment of worn-down couches, and refrigerators. What shocked her the most was when they uncovered a rusted car.
Overall, she is happy with the work that she does because of the ways she works directly with the community.
“It’s been about connecting to organizations who do great work already,” said Carberry.
Rosenfeld has one of the busiest work schedules on the CPC. She represents Pittsburgh Public Works and is the Anti-Litter Coordinator for the city. She responds to numerous 311 calls every day and goes and investigates illegal dumpsites all over Pittsburgh. The 311 hotline is where any person or group can report an illegal dumpsite in the city.
One dump site memory that sticks out to her was when she was investigating one in Homewood in 2014 when she noticed that there were piles of papers. After looking carefully, she found out that somebody threw out financial statements, a social security number, and other highly sensitive information. She was able to collect all the documents and give them back to the owner before anyone else got the information.
Along with the clean-ups, Rosenfeld has also formed a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to install security cameras to catch people in the act. The cameras tend to catch people who dump construction and demolition equipment, as well as a growing rise of e-waste, which includes TVs and computers.
“Illegal dumping doesn’t have boundaries,” said Rosenfeld. “It tends to occur in greenway areas and alleys that are rarely seen.”
Patty Chavez is the longest-serving member of the commission. Chavez has been around since its inception in 2005. Before joining the CPC, she was a volunteer picking up trash in city parks and playgrounds. Now, she serves as the secretary and works on creating any sign that the CPC would need for its endeavors. Some of these signs include the no dumping or littering signs as well as the ones that show how much of a fine one will get if he or she litters.
She also helps organize the annual Bob Awards, named after former Pittsburgh Mayor Bob O’ Connor, who started the city’s “Reddup” Campaign during his short tenure. It is an award show that celebrates all of the individual achievements made by volunteers in the 99 neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. She is proud of her work at the CPC and is grateful for all of its members.
“I think we all work well together,” said Chavez. “We’re friends as well as business associates.”
Justin Stockdale and Kyle Winkler are both members on the commission that try to educate the community on how to prevent litter and how it affects the environment overall.
Both of them, however, have been in the field and know what challenges they face. Stockdale, who represents the Pennsylvania Resources Council, is finding ways to properly collect and dispose of television sets after the state government passed a law stating that they are not to be put in landfills anymore.
Winkler, when he is not working for the CPC or the Pittsburgh Bureau of Environmental Services, works as a volunteer at the Spring Garden and East Deutschtown Community Group in the North Side. His funniest find: toilets and toilet seats in the East Deutschtown area that apparently were there for years before they were removed.
Erica Deyarmin-Young, who is a representative of Waste Management Inc, has worked a great deal for the Commission. She is involved with work on landfills, dump sites, recycling, as well as working with community involvement, and the media. She says that experiences with her work that stick out to her is when she has to travel to Harrisburg in order to talk to different government officials on the conditions of the area and what can be done to improve them.
One new program that was a result of this is a new “At Your Door” program, where any municipality or company can sign up for a curbside or door service to remove any e-waste or other hazardous materials. The collected items are either recycled or are properly disposed of.
She is also a volunteer in PennDot’s Adopt-A-Highway Program in which she helps clean up a two-mile stretch of a road four times a year. She remembers one time when she first started in the group she was picking up litter on the road when somebody threw their bottles out of their car.
“That was my first taste of how bad litter is,” said Deyarmin-Young.
However, she is still invested into her work and is thankful for all of the support and effort that the other members of the CPC give her and each other.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to be a part of,” said Deyarmin-Young.
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 far enough to reach a Cleanways winch to pull it out.
That was just an example of the determination and passion that is displayed by the “Evergreen Organization” at Duquesne.
“Everyone has a right to a clean space, to a clean environment,” said DiMaggio.
DiMaggio, who is the Director of Mission Animation, has been the faculty advisor to the Evergreen Organization at Duquesne since 2013. The organization was created by former students 20 years ago with its main goals being to clean and protect the environment in Pittsburgh as well as educating others on these topics. During the 2015-16 school year, the organization of around 35 students was led by sophomore Gretchen Scheetz, junior Marianne Freed and junior Andrea Salt.
Scheetz, who joined the group her freshman year, enjoys volunteering her time working in nature.
“I always loved being out in nature,” said Scheetz.
Every month, Scheetz leads a group of students as they go and pick up trash in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and the South Side. Scheetz says the group tends to find hypodermic needles, mattresses and tires during their cleanups.
Overall, Scheetz believes her group is one of many in the city that care about the issues of littering and illegal dumping and are looking for ways to solve the problem.
“It’s a problem that the city tries to fix,” said Scheetz. “You never know what you are going to find.”
Raqueeb Bey, who lives in the Uptown part of the Hill District, is very grateful for DiMaggio and the help of her students. The students have repeatedly gone to her area in the Hill District to pick up trash. According to Bey, when the students are done, the area looks completely different and as if there wasn’t any litter there before.
“It looks so much better,” said Bey in regards to how the area looks after a cleanup. “People should be more appreciative.”
Sophomore Mathew McCurdy joined the group this year because his ultimate goal is to be a park ranger. He got involved in the “Evergreen Organization” in order to get active on campus and to help him move forward with his dream job.
“It’s a good place to start,” said McCurdy.
Sophomore Anna Kemper joined the group because she wanted to learn more about both the city of Pittsburgh as well as how she can be green on and off campus.
Both McCurdy and Kemper find dead fish and fish bones from the nearby rivers as the weirdest items that they’ve come across.
Sophomore Trong Do believes that having a clean area will foster peace and beauty into an area.
“Environmental issues directly affect the community,” said Do.
Do has mentioned that during his cleanups, the items that have stood out to him the most are strands and collections of hair.
DiMaggio, who previously served as a member of the Clean Pittsburgh Commission, says that her group has gained support from Duquesne University and the greater Pittsburgh Area.
She believes that no matter how many times people may say that their efforts are pointless, they will always continue to serve the community in any way that they can.
“Everyone has a right to walk with no trash on the sidewalk,” said DiMaggio.