Cleanup Workers Caught On Camera Putting Trash Into River

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The river used as a trash can instead of picking up litter like plastic bags and other debris, maintenance crews who said they were employed by PNC Park were caught on camera Thursday blowing trash right back into the water.

In a city working to “green” itself and a place that’s spent years cleaning the rivers to better standards, some found the act simply appalling.

“That’s really sad,” said Brenda Martin, who is visiting Pittsburgh. “It sort of defeats the purpose of being a city that wants to be known for being green. Isn’t it?”

James Freund came down to the river walk Thursday morning to fish, and was disturbed when he witnessed what the crew was doing. He said he even watched as a dead rat was blown back in the water.

“They should be picking it up with something,” said Freund. “They’ve got to have some kind of machine that could suck it up.”

KDKA’s Heather Abraham asked one of the crew members why they were putting trash back into the water; he said the litter comes from upstream, so they’re just putting it back in. But people using the river walk say that’s inexcusable.

“I think it’s rather sad if they’re just throwing the garbage back in the river; seems like you should be cleaning it up and taking it out, cause it’s [going to] have to be picked up somewhere,” said Stan North Martin.

“I wonder where does it go?” Brenda Martin added. “I mean, who then has to clean it up after it gets into the water?”

PNC Park spokesman Brian Warecki said they will look into the matter.

In a statement, they said: “Our employees are instructed and trained to clean and dispose of any trash properly while blowing natural debris such as twigs and dirt off of the river quay. If one of our employees blew trash into the river, that goes directly against our core business practice principles of environmentally-sustainable operations and that action will be addressed accordingly and immediately.”

Warecki, the director of communications, went on to say that PNC Park volunteers its employees and money towards the cleanup down along the river walk.

They also have several greening initiatives that they’re very passionate about including recycling hundreds of tons of trash.

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One Comment

  1. Kevin says:

    What pigs. People like myself use the rivers. Typical kids these days. Lazy and no respect. I would gave had them pick it out if I was there

    1. ere54e says:


  2. Baker6 says:

    lay off the crack

  3. rich rudek says:

    Oh Where Oh Where is the supervision for these misguided idiot workers with no common sense, unless they are instructed to blow everything back into the river. Where is the accountability for this fiasco. It is cheaper to blow trash away instead of recovering it.Lets see the outcome of this flagrant anti green action.

    1. Anonymous says:

      relax hippie…

    2. Anonymous says:

      they were jus listening to their supervisor….they are good hard workin kids jus tryn to do their job

  4. JustSaying says:

    What’s all this talk about green? The only green that means anything to me is the kind that folds and has pictures of dead presidents on it!

    1. Gerd says:

      President Franklin would be saddened to hear that 😦

  5. Anonymous says:

    Well it’s Cincinnati’s problem now!

  6. Anvil says:

    Look at those “employees”. Do you really think they are going to actually work and pick up the garbage?

    No doubt it is a disgrace, but perhaps PNC Park needs to find better quality workers.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I saw the same thing about a year ago at the Station Square Wharf near the railroad tracks. Instead of cleaning up depris workers were pushing it into the river.. I called riverlife task force and reported it and then went into SSquare and talked to manager of Forest City…He didnt seemed concerned…

  8. Anonymous says:

    predjudice prick

  9. Anonymous says:

    all of you that are commenting dont even know what you are talking about…..i am employed by the park and these are good hardworking kids…..they are not out in the street selling drugs or getting into trouble…..they work and go to school….i dont care how the media made it look….the media half assed reported the story….these kids come to work all the time and work hard…..the were following the instructions of their supervisor… they were suppose to do….dont judge untill you know all the facts…..and to the guy bob 123 who made the racist comment… are really sad and blind…..such a shame…..

  10. Anonymous says:

    the kids were following the instructions of their supervisor. dont blame the youth who are trying to better themselves and work, blame their leaders and supervisor who was right there leading them.they jus did what they were told to do.

  11. crookhall says:

    They look like any other teen that comes from a great family, with two parents.What went wrong ?Great future for these guys and their boss.

  12. Vic the Tank says:

    There has been too much trash at PNC for ten years and I don’t mean the litter kind. The clowns who wore black and gold and pretended to play major league baseball is what we mean! Remember how the city painted over the graffitti right before the All Star game a few years back? What a joke.

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