LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- First, the Derby, then the garbage.
Churchill Downs employee David Arroyo told The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/13WXqeO) that Kentucky Derby spectators left behind an estimated 40 tons of garbage Saturday.
Arroyo was overseeing more than 200 students from area schools who were cleaning up on Sunday.
Bullitt East High School head football coach Darrell Vincent said post-Derby cleanup is a fundraising opportunity for school groups and sports teams. He has worked the clean-up for 19 years.
The more than 150,000 spectators this year faced tighter restrictions on items they were allowed to bring in, which meant slightly less trash than some past years.
Vincent said when he first started people could bring pretty much anything in.
He said, "you'd spend hours picking up card tables, folding chairs, all that kind of stuff."
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.