This event is a tire cleanup ONLY! We will be partnering with Public Lands and Patagonia to remove thousands of tires from a site in Penn Hills. The tires are located in a wooded area off the street. Tires will be moved out to the street, into a dumpster and hauled to a storage container in our lot a few miles away then off loaded into the container. We need all the help we can get. Snacks provided for this one!
All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes or boots, long pants, long sleeves and a hat are encouraged to protect from poison ivy, ticks, and sunburn. Please be advised these cleanups are messy. Don't wear anything you don't want ruined. There are times we are working on steep hillsides, in alleyways, on abandoned lots or near waterways. Bring extra clothing as you may want to add layers, loose layers or change after the cleanup. We will provide work gloves and all other necessary tools and materials. Please be sure to bring your filled reusable water bottle.
Dumpbusters, the primary land-based program at Allegheny CleanWays, is a few steps above your garden-variety litter cleanups. We work in small crews or large groups to remove illegal dumpsites in Allegheny County. Illegal dumpsites are usually quite large, being weighed in tons rather than pounds, and are often composed of tires, construction and renovation debris, televisions, furniture, and household waste. Our goal at these sites is to return them to as close to an untarnished state as possible. We find that repeat dumping occurs in places where people can see signs of previous dumping. We aim to keep that from happening by removing all signs of illegal dumping from each site.
It's tough work, but we do the job cooperatively and with clear, respectful communication to ensure everyone's safety. If something is cumbersome or heavy, we work together to remove it safely and effectively. Dumpbusters avoid making assumptions about our abilities; we work together in a way that benefits everyone. Nobody’s getting a refrigerator up a hillside without cooperation and communication!
Being a dumpbuster is satisfying, gratifying work. You’ll be astounded to see what a small, dedicated team of people can accomplish in just a few hours. Our efforts benefit not only ourselves by being an excellent workout, but the entire community by improving the health and well-being of the environment. Removing the waste from illegal dumpsites beautifies neighborhoods, making them safer places to live, as well as improving the quality of the soil and waterways. While every little bit does count in the world of anti-litter and anti-dumping local environmentalism, the big efforts of the dumpbusters are significant, quantifiable, and something to be truly proud of.