Thousands participate in Great American Clean Up

Thousands participate in Fort Wayne's Great American Clean Up.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – More than five thousand volunteers participated in this year’s Great American Clean Up across Fort Wayne on Saturday. It’s an annual event that takes place nationwide. Fort Wayne has been hosting a clean up for the past 20 years.

People cleaned up major boulevards like Jefferson and Coliseum, but they also focused on smaller and more residential side streets like Hadley Road. Participants picked up bottles, beer cans, paper pieces, tarps, and even some syringes. Participants cleaned with companies, churches, and even family members. One family said it’s been a tradition for them for the past three years.

“We have three teenagers, so I wanted to instill in them about the community and keeping it nice, and part of this may be that if people see us out here cleaning up, they may think twice about throwing something out the window again,” said Gregory Archbold who was cleaning with his family.

Last year, volunteers picked up nearly 200,000 pounds of litter and debris. A group of around 20 people cleaning up parts of West Jefferson by Aboite Center said they each had filled around two to three bags of trash in an hour of cleaning.

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