Hundreds help with Beaumont's trash off

Hundreds gathered Saturday to make Beaumont a cleaner place to live .

An estimated 750 people volunteered for the city's Second Annual Trash-off.

Organizers say the crowd spread throughout the city and picked up 11,500 pounds of litter. That's nearly 6 tons.

Members of the Homer Drive Elementary School Student council worked together to fill more than a dozen trash bags along Tram Road in the city's north end.

"You wouldn't want someone from another town coming in to our town and saying it looks dirty," said participant Anton Simiou.

"If we don't do it who else will? it's better for our city to look nice and clean instead of junky," said another participant.

The Trash-Off is a part of the Don't Mess with Texas initiative which helps keep streets clean and educate Texans on the real cost of litter.

Last year, more than 750 volunteers at sites throughout the city picked up nearly three tons of litter and debris from roadways and neighborhoods. Statewide, nearly 90,000 volunteers participated.

Mayor Becky Ames said it's really nice when the city comes together and that everyone is very proud of all the hard work.



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