3,000 tons of trash collected in cleanup

April 27, 2001|By Cara Nusbaum | Cara Nusbaum,SUN STAFF

An estimated 3,000 tons of trash were collected during Saturday's Super Spring Sweep Thing II, and at a lower cost than last year's event, city officials said.

This year, it cost about $17 per ton to remove the trash, compared with $100 per ton last year, the officials said. Last year, 2,600 tons of trash were collected.

About 3,000 volunteers from 150 communities pitched in this year. Last year, 2,000 volunteers participated.

In addition to removing trash, volunteers painted over graffiti, planted flowers and swept streets.

Kurt Kocher, spokesman for the city Department of Public Works, explained that this year's effort was more cost-effective because public works crews addressed trouble spots during the weeks before the event.

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