PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Mayor Michael Nutter has declared the Fourth Annual Spring Cleanup on Saturday a huge success. He broke down the numbers on how many people took part and how much trash was collected.

More than 12,000 volunteers removed more than 1,240,000 lbs. of trash from city streets last weekend. It was all part of the “Keep Up the Sweep Up” campaign.

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Mayor Nutter said nearly 150,000 pounds of material was recycled. He said when he took office, less than 6% of city residents recycled, “Since that time, we’ve embarked on our ‘thrown it all in the bin’ campaign. It’s now items 1-through-7, it’s weekly, you can use any container you want and it’s at the curbside, and the rate now is upwards of 19%. We still have a ways to go to reach our goals, but that’s a tripling in three years.”

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Volunteers took on 252 projects last weekend, the most ever registered for a cleanup effort in the city.

Reported by Kim Glovas, KYW Newsradio 1060

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