More than 40 tons of trash collected in River Sweep

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An Xbox, a sled and cement-filled boots were among the more than 40 tons of trash collected during the annual River Sweep Saturday morning along a seven-county stretch of the Ohio River.

Pennsylvania River Sweep coordinator Betsy Mallison said more than 500 volunteers worked to clean up 24 sites throughout Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

A rusty toolchest and a mattress were some of the other bigger items found. Also collected were about 50 tires.

The River Sweep, a six-state effort to clean litter and debris in the Ohio River watershed, is in its 23rd year. In Pennsylvania, the event if sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission and several corporate sponsors.

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