Ballot Bins- A Creative Anti-Litter Effort in Pittsburgh

I saw my first Ballot Bin today on Butler Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Here’s an article in The City Paper about this method to reduce cigarette butt litter in the city. Fighting litter is an ongoing battle. By the number of cigarette butts deposited in the bin, I’d say the Ballot Bin seems to be working.

Non-residents of Pittsburgh may not be familiar with the language of Pittsburghese so click here to familiarize yourself with the dialect. Or Wikipedia has a definition of Western Pennsylvania English with examples of lifelong speakers. Or scroll below photo to see these two words definitions. The questions can be changed on the bins. I’ll keep my eye out for some more examples of this anti-litter campaign.

Guess a tagger saw the Ballot Bin as a blank slate to deface

yinz –The term stems from the word you ones yinz (or yunz), a second-person plural pronoun brought to the area by early Scottish-Irish immigrants.

jagoff- an inept person, an idiot, a jerk

Yinz Irish?

Yinz – Wikipedia
“Yinz is the most recent derivation from the original Scots-Irish form you ones or “yous ones”, a form of the second person plural commonly heard in parts of Ulster. When standard-English speakers talk in the first person or third person, they use different pronouns to distinguish between singular and plural.

“Yinz is a second-personplural pronoun used mainly in Western Pennsylvania English, most prominently in Pittsburgh…..”

March 2021 Photo South Side of Pittsburgh