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Garbage Olympics Winners Announced

Sep 30, 2018 06:09PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

Twenty neighborhood groups kept busy the morning of Saturday, Sept. 22 competing in Pittsburgh's 2nd Annual Garbage Olympics. Teams from each neighborhood had two hours to pick up trash throughout their communities.

Members of the Mayor's Clean Pittsburgh Commission counted and assessed the piles collected, and announced the winners at a pizza and awards ceremony at Spirit Lodge in Lawrenceville. Local businesses and leaders donated prizes, including lunch with Mayor William Peduto.

Beechview took home the Oscar the Grouch trophy for most trash collected, Garfield won for strangest item found, and North Oakland secured the spot for dirtiest volunteer. Central Oakland organized the most volunteers:  a whopping 47.

The Department of Public Works hauled the bagged litter to the dump.   

By the numbers:

  • 20 neighborhoods 
  • 233+ volunteers 
  • 640 contractors bags of litter   
  • 182 tires  
  • 29 TVs 
  • 1 refrigerator  

The neighborhood breakdown:

Allentown: 56 bags
Beechview: 70 bags, 5 TVs, 1 refrigerator, 1 bike
Bloomfield: 12 bags, 3 tires, 1 fender
Brighton Heights: 28 bags
California-Kirkbride: 32 bags, 21 tires, 5 TVs
Carrick: 36 bags, 110 tires, 2 TVs
Central Oakland: 38 bags, 1 bean bag
East Liberty: 58 bags, 4 tires, 10 TVs, 5 shopping carts, 4 mattresses, 3 couches
Garfield: 51 bags, 22 tires, 1 TV, 1 pile metal scrap
Greenfield: 36 tires, 15 tires
Highland Park: 20 bags
Hill District: 49 bags
Lawrenceville: 39 bags, 5 tires, 1 mattress  
Morningside: 11 bags, 2 TVs
North Oakland: 21 bags, 2 tires
Perry Hilltop and Fineview:  54 bags, 5 tires, 2 TVs
Troy Hill: 5 bags, 1 stroller
South Side Slopes: 15 bags
Strip District: 29 bags

Do you want to organize your own clean-up event? Let the Department of Public Works know by filling out a form at