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45 Tons Of Trash Collected During Annual River Sweep

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- More than 300 volunteers got their hands dirty this weekend, cleaning up the banks of the Ohio River.

The 24th annual River Sweep was held Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon.

The cleanup stretched through Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties, as well as into six states, including Ohio and West Virginia.

Locally, volunteers at 23 sites along the river picked up more than 45 tons of trash, made up of all kinds of junk.

There were more than 200 tires, a stuffed monkey, a water cooler, a dog house and a sit and spin toy.

"It's really amazing some of the things that you find. From year to year, you can find new, interesting items out there. This year, some folks told me that they found the front end of a car; they found some breaks and rotors," said Susan Paxton, a River Sweep volunteer.

"It is a bit discouraging, but I'm glad that there's a program like this in place where we can come out here and get things cleaned up," she added.

Across all six states involved, volunteers covered more than 2,400 miles of shoreline.

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