Allegheny Cleanways

Courtesy of the Heinz History Center

The African American History Commission Act was signed last year to recognize and highlight the resilience and cultural contributions of Africans and African Americans in the 400 years since they first landed in Virginia, by force as slaves. 

Samuel Black, director of African American programs at the Heinz History Center and immediate past president of the Association of African American Museums, joins 90.5 WESA's The Confluence to discuss the commission’s goals, Pittsburgh’s African American heritage and the cultural and historical impact on our region.

Brian Cook / 90.5 WESA



Even on a wet February day, the gray skies and constant rain does not stop Allegheny CleanWays from doing what it does best. Volunteers are removing piles of trash from empty lots, alleyways and residences in Homewood.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Two local groups dedicated to cleaning up Pittsburgh are hosting a film festival that explores environmental issues around the country.

City Bears Down On Beltzhoover Blight

Aug 14, 2015
Allegheny CleanWays

At last count, Joe Divack noted 15 abandoned garages and more than 30 trashed, vacant lots in Beltzhoover, most so overgrown he said he’d need a machete just to uncover it all.

Overhauling those sites will be the next year-long focus for the Clean Pittsburgh Commission’s new effort to reclaim blighted Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

With three rivers to take care of, Pittsburgh certainly has its hands full when it comes to making sure the waterways are clean.

This week, volunteers will be pitching in to do just that Friday, July 10 at 4th Street on the South Side, beginning at 5 p.m.

Since 2003, Allegheny CleanWays/Keep Pittsburgh Beautiful has removed 525,840 pounds of debris, including 3,203 tires and 21,660 pounds of metal and other recyclables on local riverbanks and streams under the “Keep Pittsburgh Rivers Beautiful: A Tireless Project.”

Along with pop bottles and cigarette butts, another big name is joining the roadside trash Pantheon, televisions.

In January 2013 the Covered Device Recycling Act became effective across Pennsylvania. The law made it illegal for municipal trash collectors to pick up devices such as TVs, computers, and even keyboards. The purpose of the law was to rid landfills of harmful materials usually found in these devices including cadmium, beryllium, and lead.