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story.lead_photo.caption Local Girl Scouts pick up trash Saturday along U.S. 54 as part of 2021 Clean Sweep. Photo by Olivia Garrett / Fulton Sun.

Loofahs, car parts and french fries were among the strange finds cleaned from Fulton's ditches and gutters Saturday.

About 120 people showed up to volunteer during the 2021 Clean Sweep, though 265 signed up to participate, Fulton Parks and Recreation assistant director Sharlene McArtor said.

Those who hit the streets Saturday came in spite of cool weather and rain, collecting bags of soggy, muddy trash.

Originally, volunteers planned to trek through Stinson Creek, but the rain left the creek flowing high and fast. McArtor said organizers decided against cleaning the creek.

For those who planned to come but couldn't make it due to the weather, bags will be available if they want to participate later.

"We communicated with Solid Waste," McArtor said. "They are aware there might be people picking up at different times."

Fulton's spring cleanup begins this week. Fulton residents are invited to leave large and bulky items on the curb to be picked up by the Solid Waste Department.

Sofas, mattresses and shelving units are examples of items that can be left out. Chemicals, construction debris and large appliances will not be accepted.

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