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The first Pittsburgh Garbage Olympics will turn picking up litter into a sport. On Saturday morning five East End neighborhoods will go head to head in the competition to see which can pick up the most trash. Lena Andrews is an organizer and member of the neighborhood group East Liberty Trash Warriors. “Everyone has between 9 and 11 to pick up as much trash as you can, and put it in a designated place, and at 11 you have to stop,” Andrews said. Then the Clean Pittsburgh Commission, which works on the city’s litter and dumping issues, will weigh the collected trash bags in East Liberty, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, Garfield and the Strip District to determine which neighborhood takes home the gold.Andrews says as far as rules go, teams aren’t allowed to take trash out of garbage cans or dumpsters, or place heavy non-trash items into the bags to get an advantage. She’s not too worried about that, anyway.“I mean, I think people who pick up litter aren’t really cheaters,” Andrews laughed.And anyway, she said, it’s not about who wins.“I like the nature of competition, to me the Olympics sa... (90.5 WESA)
By Associated Press, Special to the BDN •September 16, 2017 1:28 pmTroy R. Bennett BDNTroy R. Bennett BDNA woman tests the water at Portland's East End Beach Tuesday July 3, 2012. Environment Maine contends the state's beaches may not be as clean as the Maine DEP says they are. Watch the video at bangor daily news.com. (Bangor Daily News photo by Troy R. Bennett)PORTLAND, Maine — Volunteers are set to clear Maine’s coastal shoreline and waterways of trash.The weeklong Coastal Cleanup begins Saturday across the state at sites including East End Beach in Portland and Warren Island State Park in Islesboro.Last year, 1,186 volunteers collected 19,674 pounds of trash from 74.8 miles of Maine coastline.The event is part of an International Coastal Cleanup effort. The nonprofit Ocean Conservancy records what volunteers collect and uses the data for the international ocean trash index.The group says the goal is making sure that coastal waters and habitats remain healthy and trash-free. Did we get something wrong? Please, Let us know, submit a correction.