TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Groups of volunteers spent their Saturday morning picking up trash around downtown as part of a city-wide effort to clean the area.

Mayor Duke Bennett said city employees have been preparing for the event for weeks.

“We’ve been gearing up the last few weeks. Our code enforcement people have been out, identifying the worst areas, whether it’s loose trash, large items, brush,” he said. “So identifying those, volunteers came out today, along with city employees, we’ve probably got about 15 crews out right now picking all this stuff up.”

A drop-off location was set up on S. 13th Street for residents to bring larger items to be taken to a dump, free of cost. Crews worked breaking down the items, using a front loader when necessary to do so.

Bennett said he was satisfied to see the community come together for the same cause.

“It just makes you feel good that one, people are invested in the community, they want to make it look better, but then on the other hand, it makes me feel good to watch our employees come out and, a lot of them are volunteering, and they just want to be a part of this,” he said. “So across the board, everyone’s helping Terre Haute be a bit cleaner today.”