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Denton volunteers pluck 2 tons of trash, recyclables from area streams

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Hundreds of volunteers cleaned up creeks and streams in Denton on Saturday, removing  3,770 pounds of trash and 728 pounds of recyclable materials. 

The volunteers mostly removed small items, such as bottles and cans, but they also picked up many large items during the city's annual Stream Clean. 

"Just to name a few — we found eight tires, an entire back seat, and sections of fences," said Katherine Barnett in a city press release. "The cleanup will continue after the event because some items, including a bathtub at Pecan Creek, were too large for the volunteers to handle." 

Volunteers included community groups and service clubs from the Denton school district, the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University. 

Stream Clean is sponsored by the city of Denton Water Utilities Department, Environmental Services and Sustainability, the Solid Waste and Recycling Department and Keep Denton Beautiful. 

City officials expect to hold next year's Stream Clean on a Saturday in October. Watch for updates at

FEATURED PHOTO: Volunteers remove trash from Pecan Creek in southern Denton on Saturday during the city's annual Stream Clean. Contributed photo/City of Denton