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Cleaning up after 500 can be nasty but profitable

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of people are gathering at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, not to watch the Indy 500, but to clean up the mess left behind after it.

It’s a nasty job. Thousands of beer and other beverage cans, bottles, food wrappers and other trash are scattered throughout the stands and infield, left behind by hundreds of thousands of race fans. TV video showed hundreds of trash bags overflowing with garbage and trash.

But WTHR-TV and WRTV-TV report Monday’s work can also pay off.

Schools, churches and civic groups get paid by how much ground they cover. The organizations can earn as much as $3,000 in a single day.

The money goes to various uses, ranging from needed supplies or to pay costs for various projects.


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