To people on the ground, it was clear Sunday was one of the biggest Clean Up Australia Days they've seen in years, perhaps ever - and now the results agree.
Tamworth Regional Council Sustainability Officer Ange Dodson said a whopping 1.5 tonnes of rubbish had now been collected by council vehicles.
"We went around to picked up rubbish from each site across the region," Ms Dodson explained.
"Some of the rubbish we collected included six car tires, two shopping trolleys and one couch."
A pink, blow up flamingo was also found "partying" in the river.
A total of 32 community teams and businesses registered as taking part in the Aussie-wide trash collection, including both new and old hands.
Northern Settlement Services, Tamworth Regional Landcare Association, Tamworth Junior Girl Guides, Rotary Club of Tamworth First Light, West Tamworth Girls Brigade, Filipino Association of Tamworth, Peel Valley Lions Club, Tamworth Rotary Sunrise and Tamworth City Lions donned protective gear to get and about.
Richard Walker, director of community services for Rotary Club of Tamworth First Light, said their club had been doing the clean up for four years.
"We find it's a really great way to give back to the community, to get involved and help spruce up Tamworth," he said.
Their group was joined by a teacher and three students from McCarthy Catholic College, with head of the school's Environmental Council, Shaun Nichols, saying the students had done several days of cleaning up, starting on the Friday before the weekend.
"It was really interesting, on Friday we found one of those really old real estate 'for sale' signs, it was all metal," he said.
"We had a bit of a battle getting it out of the mud, but it was really fascinating to see."
Other schools who pulled on gloves included Barraba Central School, Kootingal Public School, Niangala Public School, St Mark's Preschool and Calrossy Anglican Junior School.
Baiada Poultry and Tamworth McDonalds were businesses who put a team together for rubbish collection.
"I would like to thank all new and returning community groups who have taken the time to help our environment and support this program," Ms Dodson said.
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