EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – The party is over and the cleanup continues after another University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire homecoming.
Dozens of students picked up trash bags Sunday afternoon to show the community the annual celebration is not just about parties and mayhem.
On Sunday morning, Eau Claire woke up to heaps of trash from two days of Homecoming festivities.
“It's a little hard to look at sometimes,” said David Burish, a member of the Singing Statesmen.
Lawns, streets and sidewalks in the student neighborhood north of Water Street were littered with large amounts of beer cans, cups and other random debris.
Because of the mess every homecoming, the university put in place the Adopt a Block program where student organizations come to the rescue.
This year 12 student orgs took on the task, getting points for how much rubbish they can collect in one hour.
“It's a pretty big competition among some of the ground that want to win,” said Abby Amundson of the University Activities Commission.
“It is unfortunate that it is vast amount of garbage that they're picking up, but at the same time it’s also really cool to see that community participation,” said Rachel O’Neil of the University Activities Commission.
Because picking up after all the homecoming mayhem is no small feat, students are asked to help pick up trash where ever they find it.
“You will be surprised how much of a difference it makes in the streets,” Amundson said.
But why the blatant disrespect for Mother Nature?
“On homecoming they're thinking about things other than picking up after themselves,” Burish said.
“It's kind of a mob mentality, like everyone else is doing it so I can do it too,” said Marty Webber, a member of the Singing Statesmen.
Students WEAU 13 News talked to said cleaning up helps show the community a different side of homecoming.
“While we've been cleaning up I’ve had multiple people stop and thank us for cleaning up. So I think it does show the community that we do care about Eau Claire as a whole and we're not just running rampant,” said Lindsey Mittendorf, a member of the Women’s Concert Corral.
Organizers said the students collected more than 40 bags of trash.