YAKIMA, Wash.--Spring cleaning takes on a whole new level in Yakima. The community clean up effort seems like it's getting bigger and better every time.
More than 100 volunteers picked up trash in city parks and even alleyways Saturday.
This is Yakima's third "Community Clean Up Day." The first two events in March collected 18.5 tons of debris, and it seems like after Saturday that number will grow much larger.
Volunteers from the Yakima Foursquare Church said they were shocked to see how much debris was scattered around. They collected tires, mattresses and cleaned out an abandoned house that used to be occupied by squatters.
"This is our city, and there's a lot of things that we can do together," said volunteer Heather Ivarsen. "So we just grab people and try to make it a better place."
The community clean up events are a response to the 2012 Yakima Citizen Survey that showed people expect the city to be more proactive in improving its appearance.
The final clean up day for this spring is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th. More community clean up days are scheduled for the fall.