Savannah Sanitation works to keep Hostess City green long past St. Patrick's Day

The City of Savannah's Sanitation Department is hoping that St. Patrick's festival-goers will keep the city green by throwing away trash. (Credit: Shelbey Roberts)

Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Parade has come and gone. But, the evidence of hundreds of thousands of people still lingers in the streets. Now, it's up to 60 of the city's sanitation employees to clear the gallons of garbage and get the Hostess City back in tip-top condition.

"It's a little lighter than the last couple years. River Street was very light this morning, but we expect a lot heavier now that the festival is going to start in earnest tonight and tomorrow," said John Denion, the director of the city's Residential Refuse Collection Department. His crew came in to prep at 3 a.m. and started clean up as soon as the last parade entry came through.

From Recycling, Litter, Commercial, Disposal and Code Enforcement. there are lots of city departments working to keep Savannah green long past St. Patrick's Day.

"Everyone's working together because it's all one big task," Denion said. "And, we just want to make sure the city is--you know, when you wake up in the morning, it's what you want to see and not a mess."

Even though crews made progress Friday, there's much more work to be done. But, Denion says it can't all be done during the festival, so they're wrapping up for the night and hitting the streets at 3 a.m. again.

Their goal is to finish clean ups by 7 a.m., so everyone can wake up to clean streets.

"We're going to come back as early--tomorrow morning and finish the parade route and all of downtown, River Street, and all the streets up to Gaston tonight and Saturday night, we'll do that again," he said.

You too can help sanitation out in the midst of your partying. Denion says you can help just by taking your trash away.

"Don't let it sit in the ground and pick up after yourself. If everyone does that it'll be a lot cleaner city. We'll have no more issues," said Denion.