HOW A DETERMINED CREW OF DUMPBUSTERS CLEARS A TON OF TRASH FROM A PITTSBURGH HILLSIDE

HOW A DETERMINED CREW OF DUMPBUSTERS CLEARS A TON OF TRASH FROM A PITTSBURGH HILLSIDE

The Allegheny Front – Asia Tansmore loves her East Hills neighborhood in Pittsburgh because it’s quiet, but she doesn’t love the trash. Even amid the wildflowers and weeds, you can see the bottles, cans and wrappers in the empty lot across from her family’s home, and over the hillside a few doors down.  “Over here by the steps, the city steps, there is a lot of trash,” she said. “We deal with raccoons. We have very bad mice problems.” People in this hilltop neighborhood use the concrete city steps, which are themselves in disrepair. But to the left and right, at the top of the steps, are mounds of trash, including tires and electronics. Tansmore’s even seen a washing machine. The Singer Place steps is one of dozens of illegal dumpsites slated for cleanup by the nonprofit Allegheny CleanWays. A small crew from their DumpBusters program has already been to the steps three times, working up from the bottom.

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