Derby spectators leave behind 40 tons of garbage

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- First, the Derby, then the garbage.

Churchill Downs employee David Arroyo told The Courier-Journal ( 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."

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