Action News Jax Investigates city cleanup policy following Florida-Georgia game

Florida-Georgia fans say trash cans were not emptied

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The aftermath of another Florida-Georgia weekend was evident all over the ground around the stadium.

Fans walked out of TIAA Bank Field to find piles of trash scattered across Lot J and other tailgating areas and trash bins overflowing with items.

Fans claim the trash was left behind because the bins were full and weren't being emptied during the day.

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"I seen trash cans overflowing," Demarcuz Mosley said. "Because where are you going to put trash at if it's overflowing? Where's the next place for it to go? To the ground.

Compared to previous years, Mosley said,the trash problem has consistently gotten worse.

This is also the first year the Landing has not been open during the Florida-Georgia weekend, so more fans were crowd around the stadium.

"It was everywhere. It was heaping," Mosley said. "It was like it was a New Year's night or something. It was everywhere. It wasn't just confetti. It was just bottles and all kind of junk."

Some Georgia fans, such as Joe Brammer, traveled hours for the tailgate.

He said he and his friends always bring their own trash bags to help with cleanup.

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"You'll just see trash bags everywhere instead of trash everywhere," Brammer said. "It's a lot easier to clean up when you have big empty trash bags."

Action News Jax requested a copy of the Facilities Management Contract, to learn the responsibilities for the trash collection.

A city spokesperson told Action News Jax that 100 additional trash receptacles were placed in lots for the event.

In addition, 80 8-yard containers and five 40-yard containers were surrounding TIAA Bank Field, the spokesperson said.

They said 10 City Wide staff members were dedicated to the trash collection in the lots.

Additional staff members were brought in for overnight collection, and cleaned up the lots in less than 24 hours, they said.