Groups cash in on trash cleanup at IMS

Volunteers picking up trash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Several groups once again cashed in on cleaning up the remnants of race day through an annual invitation from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

As day broke Monday, the sun revealed widespread remains of the party that was in the infield and stands during Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

For about a decade, officials have offered an opportunity to pick up trash to non-profit organizations, church groups, schools and others. The volunteers are paid donations based on how much ground is covered the day after the race.

The tradition has grown to require a waiting list for groups interested in pitching in to clear the trash left by hundreds of thousands of fans. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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