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It’s not easy being green, especially these days. As demand for recyclables shifts and importers like China become more selective, American processors are getting more selective too — and this pinch is being felt by consumers.
In Pittsburgh, mountains of glass and plastics are piling up at Recycle Source in Hazelwood amid a global supply glut, and Pittsburgh’s Recycling Collection Center is ratcheting up restrictions on the types of plastics, food containers, and other recyclables it will accept, KDKA-TV reports.
Believing that the market won’t improve anytime soon, officials are also looking beyond recycling to find ways of encouraging waste reduction habits — bringing reusable bags to the grocery store and your own cutlery to work for lunch, for example. One local campaign, for example, encourages Pittsburghers to strive for, “No plastic, please.”
On semi-related note, Pittsburgh has rolled out 1,000 smart garbage cans that track how full they are and transmit that data to city crews. Officials call it a different kind of waste reduction, saying this technology will cut down on the 100,000 hours workers spend each year checking 1,200 public trash cans to see if they’re empty, per WTAE.
In other news…
Kennywood is taking heat — again. This time the blowback involves a staff shortage that has kept some rides closed during the opening days of this season. Kennywood acknowledges the issue and says it’s working to find enough seasonal employees to fully staff the park. Of course, this comes with the dust still settling following flaps over the park’s new cheese sauce and its switch from Heinz to Hunt’s ketchup. Hang in there, Kenny Kangaroo. It’s gonna be a long season. (TribLive)
What would you say to Pittsburghers living 100 years from now? Well, at this year’s Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts festival you can put words into action with the first phase of local artist Toby Fraley’s new public art installation, “The Pittsburgh Time Capsule.” From June 7 through 16, you can visit Fraley’s recording booth in Gateway Center Plaza and leave a 60-second video message that will be preserved for audiences unknown to enjoy in 2120. (NEXTpittsburgh)
Pittsburgh is changing, and so must its public transportation system, officials say. So the Port Authority of Allegheny County is working to determine where the need is the greatest — or growing — as it outlines goals and procedures for its first long-term plan since 2006. The result will be a 25-year plan for the system, and, yes, you’ll have a chance to provide your input through a series of public meetings on the subject. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
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A little over a month ago, we asked you to nominate young up-and-comers for our latest Who’s Next: Education class. And, once again, you delivered.
We asked for those under-40 individuals who are making Pittsburgh a smarter, kinder, and more dynamic place, and we received dozens of nominations that fit the bill. The end result is a class of 19 people reflecting the state of education in Pittsburgh, America, and the ongoing efforts to improve it.
Meet them here and then meet them in-person at a happy hour in their honor.
💼 June 6: Seeking a fulfilling career? Come to Pittsburgh Mercy’s Open Interview Day to learn about opportunities and meet hiring managers. (Chateau)
🕸 June 12: Want to disentangle our society from systemic racism? Come discover the Groundwater Approach to building racial equity. RSVP today. (Downtown)
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🎤 Watch puppets, moppets, and marionettes perform karaoke in a night of “mayhem” at BOOM Concepts (Garfield)
😻 Embrace your love of feline friends at this Crazy Cat People Party, including cat-themed crafts, snacks, and trivia (Millvale)
👑 Get competitive at Couch Brewery’s 70’s Drag Queen Bingo (Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar)
🤖 Network at Wine & Robots — get a T-shirt and maybe find a new job (Strip District)
💃 Be captivated by 3,600 seconds of solos at the pearlPRESENTS Dance Festival (Allegheny Center)
🇺🇸 Commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at Soldiers & Sailors (Oakland)
🎖 Hear the stories of local D-Day veterans at the History Center’s “D-Day at 75” event (Strip District)
🌳 Enjoy indie-folk music, beer, and pizza on the porch at Tree Pittsburgh’s new site (Stanton Heights)
🎬 Watch 11 never-before-screened Greer Lankton films at the Mattress Factory (North Side)
👑 Play GAYmes at Liza Minnelli’s Big Gay Game Show, hosted by Queen of the Arcade Schwa de Vivre (Downtown)
🎉 Check out Workshop’s Queer Art Show and stick around for a wig dance party (Garfield)
☠️ Score some one-of-a-kind finds at the Pittsburgh Punk Rock Flea Market (Polish Hill)
🎨 Explore art at the June Unblurred Penn Avenue Arts Crawl — and don’t miss “an ode to Black American hair culture” at Assemble (Garfield)
🖼 Kick off the first day of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, which runs through June 16 (Downtown)
👟 Move your body in this movement workshop with performance artist duo slowdanger at Carnegie Museum of Art (Oakland)
🔎 Get competitive at this scavenger hunt, which promises trivia, activities, cocktails, and fun at each stop (Strip District)
☀️ Make garden crafts and suncatchers at this Art Car pop-up workshop (Millvale)
🍓 Indulge in sweet strawberry treats at Soergel Orchards’ Strawberry Festival (Franklin Park)
✨ Practice self care with healing workshops and healthy living tips in this event by Sisters PGH & True T (Bloomfield)
🏳️🌈 March in or cheer on the People’s Pride March, hosted by SisTers PGH (Multiple locations)
🌈 Attend the annual Pittsburgh Pride Equality March, hosted by the Delta Foundation (Downtown)
🎽 Get your exercise at the PUMPed to Run 5K, which helps our neighbors experiencing homelessness (Highland Park)
🛍 Shop for vintage goods and handmade items at the Neighborhood Flea (Strip District)
🚲 Learn about Pittsburgh’s bridges on this bike tour with an expert (Downtown)