AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) – Residents of Amarillo collected more than 191 tons of trash and debris during a citywide clean-up campaign to celebrate Earth Day.

“The citizens of Amarillo showed up and we smashed our 80-ton target,” said ACO Director of Public Works Donny Hooper. “It was a huge success thanks to everyone in Amarillo who took part in improving our community.”

The city used 24 new roll-off containers at six locations. A total of 34.8 tons of debris were picked up, including 8.3 tons from San Jacinto School Park and Eastridge School Park.

The Thompson Park and Southwest Library sites collected 6.6 tonnes. Bones Hooks Park had 3.3 tons and 1.7 tons were collected from the East Library location.

City equipment and staff collected 156.6 tons of trash and debris, including clearing alleys in four city quadrants. San Jacinto was in the lead with 89.4 tons. The North Heights area collected 31.3 tonnes, followed by Eastridge and the Barrio.

The grand total was 191.4 tons of trash and debris removed from the community of Amarillo. For comparison, 72.7 tons were collected during a similar cleaning campaign in September 2021.

In addition to the roll-off containers, the public works department used six knuckleboom trucks, three rear-loader trucks and three brush trucks. A total of 37 employees from the City of Amarillo Public Works Department participated in the cleanup.

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