Northside Keeps It Clean
The Pennsylvania Resources Council and Allegheny CleanWays
are partnering up with the Buhl Foundation to present the Northside Keeps It Clean campaign to fight litter and increase recycling in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhoods!
Litter poses huge threats to our environment and wildlife, killing and injuring wildlife, pets, plant life, and more. Additionally, litter poses safety risks to the people and visitors of Pennsylvania – roadside litter causes traffic accidents, and litter in our neighborhoods can cut or injure children. Accumulation of litter can also pose fire hazards, and can serve as breeding grounds for potentially dangerous bacteria and vermin.
Furthermore, PennDOT spends millions of taxpayer dollars every year to clean up litter along our roadways. In our communities, litter lowers property values – it is unsightly and is widely accepted as a contributing factor in the overall disintegration of neighborhoods and communities and as leading to more serious problems including vandalism, graffiti, illegal dumping and more. And of course, litter is illegal. Litterbugs can be charged as much as $300 for littering from a vehicle in Pennsylvania, and most local governments will also fine pedestrians for littering.
In a recent survey of Northside residents, 51 percent of locals reported litter as a pressing issue. In response to this growing problem and concern, PRC and ACW are implementing a multi-faceted campaign to fight litter in these neighborhoods. From Troy Hill to Chateau, we will be working in communities, with residents young and old to fight litter.
This strategy involves working with every 5th grade student in Northside schools to teach them about the negative impacts of litter and how they can fight it. Additionally, Allegheny CleanWays will be leading several litter and illegal dumpsite cleanups to fight existing problem areas and to reduce future littering. To further reduce litter and to increase the amount of materials being recycled, PRC will be distributing 1,000 recycling bins to residents of the Northside and placing more public space recycling bins in community spaces.
Please find more information about these initiatives below, including how to register for your own recycling bin!