“Please Don’t Litter”, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Jason Argo’s photostream

More than 2,000 volunteers fuel effort citywide

05/15/2014 @ 3:39 pm

PITTSBURGH, PA. – Mayor William Peduto announced today that the city’s volunteer litter initiative has been renamed “Beautify Our ‘Burgh” and will receive new signage.

Formerly called “Redd Up Zones” the effort is one of eight volunteer-fueled programs through the city’s servePGH initiative, and is being renamed to bring attention to its success and to emphasize the role volunteer groups can have in keeping Pittsburgh’s streets litter-free.

Mayor Peduto celebrated the renaming and new signage with city officials and leaders in litter management, including Councilman Bruce Kraus, at an event in the CCI Center in the Southside.

“This is exactly the kind of partnership we want to ensure in Pittsburgh — one where city government empowering our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Peduto. “Improving litter removal builds pride in our neighborhoods, and also lightens the load on our Public Works crews.”

The Beautify Our ‘Burgh program supports volunteer groups in removing litter from their streets by providing cleaning supplies and a sign recognizing the group for their efforts. This initiative is a collaboration between the City’s servePGH initiative and the Department of Public Works.

Since its inception, this initiative has engaged volunteer groups to collect nearly 30,000 lbs. of litter in 80 zones running nearly 60 miles of City streets. For more information about the program go to

Mayor Peduto was joined by Councilman Kraus, Operations Chief Guy Costa, Justin Stockdale, Regional Director Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC), and Sarah Alessio Shea, chair of the City’s Clean Pittsburgh Commission. After the unveiling of new signs, volunteers came together for the first litter clean up under the program’s new name in PRC’s adopted zone.


servePGH was launched in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh’s citizens in service and answer President Obama’s national call to volunteerism. Through innovative servePGH initiatives, citizens have been engaged in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore homes of vulnerable residents, help middle-school youth navigate life’s challenges, and more. Over 8,700 volunteers have committed nearly 57,000 hours of service through servePGH to date. Additional information is available at


servePGH is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA.

AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to serve full-time for one year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses and strengthen community groups, with the ultimate goal to eliminate poverty in the United States. In Pennsylvania, there are currently more than 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects.