5,000 Volunteers Cleanup Fort Wayne

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

May 18, 2013 Updated May 18, 2013 at 7:12 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – The Great American Cleanup encourages volunteers to go out and clean up litter and debris in communities all across the country, including here in Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne’s cleaning efforts focus on vacant lots, trails, riverbanks and greenways. Saturday afternoon in the Summit City, 250 groups of more than 5,000 local volunteers tackled cleanup projects all over the city.

Volunteer Matt Gratz says this event is all about being together and helping the city.

"One, they're giving back to the community and it's helped to bring them together as a group either through their church or business. It gives them something to get out and do together and get involved in. Evidentially a lot of people like doing it because they keep doing it every year,” he said.

In past years, volunteers have picked up 75 to 100 tons of litter, and more than 1,000 old and discarded tires.

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