SHUC Litter Patrol

The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition Litter Patrol is an organized collective of dedicated citizens who not only talk the talk, but walk the walk!  These passionate, relentless residential volunteers are always on the lookout for fresh new leadership and enthusiastic additions. They are tired of garbage drifting across the sidewalks and collecting in the gutters of your community’s streets; fed up with trash landing on your lawn; worried about where all the garbage is going and how it might be affecting our city’s waterways and natural treasures like Schenley Park and Nine Mile Run.

These citizen volunteers are concerned that the appearance of litter detracts from the beauty and vitality of Squirrel Hill’s business district and frustrated that business owners and property managers aren’t doing enough to combat the trash problem, or don’t appear to be doing anything at all.

Once a year, the committee organizes their annual spring cleanup which occurs the 3rd or 4th Sunday in April from 10am to 2pm, headquartered at the corner of Forbes and Murray beneath the Squirrel Hill Carnegie Library.  Volunteers of all ages collect trash and recyclables in the central business district and surrounding blocks.  Cleanup tools and bags are provided along with light refreshments, and groups or individuals can request assignments at the registration table.  The Pittsburgh Department of Public Works partners with the Litter Patrol to collect bagged trash at various intersections as well as to generously provide tables and chairs at cleanup headquarters.  The DPW’s Bureau of Environmental Services provide blue bins for collected recyclables.

Please contact the Litter Patrol at if you have questions about the cleanup, want to report a problem area, or would like to sign up as a regular volunteer.  Look for the Litter Patrol on Facebook and help spread the word!

Chair: Barbara Grover

about SHUC

Preserving, Improving, and Celebrating the Quality of Life in Squirrel Hill

For over fifty years, the Coalition has been an active and important link in the community. It has served as a sounding board for new ideas, as well as a “watchdog” in the areas of public safety, education, residential quality, the business district, and parks and open space. With its focus on the quality of life in the 14th Ward, SHUC continues to monitor activities and future developments in the community through a range of standing committees.


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