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Volunteers haul dozens of tires from Athens river

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The Oconee River is a bit cleaner after volunteers in canoes hauled dozens of tires and other trash from its waters that wind through downtown Athens.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports about 40 University of Georgia students and community volunteers pitched in Friday to clean up a 2.8 mile stretch of the Oconee.

They ended up fishing 44 car tires from the river as well as bottles and cans, a traffic cone and several children's toys.

The Oconee River cleanup concluded a week of environmentally themed events sponsored by the university's Office of Sustainability. Other events included trash audits and recycling of old electronics.

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