ATHENS, GA — In response to numerous complaints of the thrashing the University of Georgia campus gets from football tailgaters and their pregame partying, university officials vowed to increase cleanup and preventative cleanup efforts, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
According to officials, the university will add more garbage bins, distribute more trash bags and increase the number of portable bathrooms to prevent a repeat of the destruction that followed the September 12 game against the University of South Carolina.
Complaints stemmed from the 70 tons of garbage that included mounds of tents, grills, coolers, chairs and bottles deposited by fans and left for custodial cleaning crews to pick up, the story stated.
University of Georgia President Michael Adams said: "I believe the students, alumni and fans who attend University of Georgia football games do love and respect this beautiful campus. And I fully expect that they will do their part to clean up after themselves and to ensure that others around them do the same."
The new preventative measures, which include distributing 12,000 trash bags in parking lots and around campus and increasing the number of trash receptacles from 300 to 1,500, will be employed for the first time this Saturday when the University of Georgia hosts Arizona State University, the story noted.
American Stadium Services, the company that gets paid $40,000 per contest to clean up following home games, will send crews to North Campus during the first quarter so they can begin picking up trash bagged by tailgaters, the story added.
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