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Comic-Con Cleanup Collects 23 Tons Of Trash

Disney villains get the cosplay treatment at Comic-Con, July 25, 2014.
Heather Maffioli
Disney villains get the cosplay treatment at Comic-Con, July 25, 2014.

The Downtown San Diego Partnership-funded group that helps keep the area tidy cleaned up more than 23 tons of refuse during Comic-Con International's four-day run, the organization announced Monday.

Members of the partnership's Clean & Safe Team removed six times more garbage than normal. They also picked up nearly 3,400 aluminum cans, which is three times more than usual, removed 4,900 stickers and collected about 18,600 fliers and posters.

The Clean & Safe program typically removes seven tons of trash and empties trash cans about 2,000 times in a seven-day period, according to the partnership. Team members also provide safety patrols and escorts throughout downtown.


"Once again, our Clean & Safe team went above and beyond to ensure that downtown looked its very best," said Bahija Hamraz, executive director of Clean & Safe. "The Clean & Safe employees maneuvered through hundreds of thousands of Comic-Con attendees and spectators to pick up trash, stickers and other debris left behind, ensuring that the annual event did not negatively impact the community and downtown property owners."

Comic-Con is annually the largest event in San Diego, attracting around 130,000 attendees, many from out of town.