Penn Hills Anti-Litter Group participated in Pittsburgh Garbage Olympics |
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Dillon Carr

Penn Hills volunteers collected 85 bags of trash, a bicycle tire, a hula hoop and a handgun during the 2019 Pittsburgh Garbage Olympics last month.

The Penn Hills Anti-Litter Group dispatched 29 volunteers to Verona, Frankstown, Coal Hollow and Lincoln roads.

Faith Milazzo, the group’s founder, said the day’s litter removal was also part of Pickup Pennsylvania, a Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful fall cleanup that supports the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.

She said the group won an award for most team spirit.

The group has now picked up a total of 220 bags of garbage, five cans of recyclables and around five tires.

Penn Hills Anti-Litter Group will hold its final pickup event Nov. 2 on streets yet to be determined. University of Pittsburgh students will come pick up trash in the municipality Oct. 19.

Police Chief Howard Burton said the gun, a revolver, was old and rusted shut.

“Apparently it had been lying in the woods for quite some time,” Burton said, adding the handgun was not operable and police were not able to identify an owner.

The people in Penn Hills were part of around 550 other volunteers around the city that took part in the third annual Pittsburgh Garbage Olympics. The citywide event included 34 neighborhoods in addition to Penn Hills and brought in 974 bags of garbage, 134 tires, 95 televisions, eight couches, a fridge and a dishwasher full of dishes and silverware.

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