Developed with a volunteer in 2010 as a response to his daily efforts to rid the city of dumping, this program has revolutionized our ability to clean up illegal dump sites and interact with local residents. 

Made up of only a handful of volunteers (anywhere from 1-8 people on any given day), the DumpBusters crew is able to work 7 days a week, 12 months a year.  They tackle illegal dumps of all sizes and remove an average of 900-1200 lbs of debris daily. The DumpBusters crew also provides expertise to communities wanting to clean up difficult sites, assists in large events by doing prep work and/or returning to the site to finish the job, and is readily "on call" to respond to new dumping incidents.  To date, our DumpBusters crew has removed almost 600 tons of debris (including more than 9,000 tires) from the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.  Contact DumpBuster Crew Leader Al Chernov at al@alleghenycleanways.org if you are interested. People with no prior experience are welcome.

The nature of the DumpBusters crew and crew leader have enabled them to regularly engage local residents and to develop important, lasting relationships with neighbors at each site they’ve cleaned.  This is critical in nurturing stewardship, preventing future dumping, and, ultimately, changing attitudes about how we all treat our natural spaces.

The success of DumpBusters has been frequently picked up by local media, including:

  • WTAE News
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • Pittsburgh Foundation: Unsung Online News

In addition, DumpBusters’ crew leader, Joe Divack, was honored by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Pittsburgh City Council for his dedicated volunteerism.

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Donations to the DumpBusters fund are greatly appreciated.

If there's something strange, in your neighborhood
Who you gonna call? DumpBusters
If there's something weird, and it don't look good
Who you gonna call? DumpBusters






Community Development Block Grant,  Individual Donations, Heinz Endowments

General Operating Support by Colcom Foundation and Richard King Mellon Foundation