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Neighbors of Memphis Zoo complain about trash problem

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When the crowd clears Tuesday evening, neighbors complain that there is a lot of garbage left behind. When the crowd clears Tuesday evening, neighbors complain that there is a lot of garbage left behind.
People in the community say their street may be a parking lot, but it is not a landfill. People in the community say their street may be a parking lot, but it is not a landfill.
The Memphis Zoo says it has heard the complaints and wants to be a good neighbor, so it, too, places trash bins on certain corners on Free Tuesdays. The Memphis Zoo says it has heard the complaints and wants to be a good neighbor, so it, too, places trash bins on certain corners on Free Tuesdays.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Overton Park is a gem in the Bluff City. This time of year, the main attraction is the Memphis Zoo. But on Free Tuesdays, neighbors say the zoo's promotion turns into a big mess.

The free day at the zoo can get a little bit crazy, and while neighbors like Sarah Newstok is fond of the fact that her street is a free parking lot, they are also fed up.

"We love to have them park here. We don't mind the traffic," said Jim Spake, who lives nearby. "Better than tearing up the lawn at the park. But yeah, there's a lot of litter problems."

"It's only the trash that's the problem," agreed Newstok.

When the crowd clears Tuesday evening, neighbors complain that there is a lot of garbage left behind.

"Cups, pizza boxes, diapers, used diapers," said Newstok.

"Those filthy diapers, and soda pop cans," added Spake, who even placed a trash can at the corner with a self-explanatory sign on each side.

"We're just hoping that maybe we can get some awareness out about cleaning up after oneself," he said.

The Memphis Zoo says it has heard the complaints and wants to be a good neighbor, so it, too, places trash bins on certain corners on Free Tuesdays. In addition, the zoo says it has started sending crews into the surrounding neighborhood to clean up on Wednesday mornings.

People in the community say their street may be a parking lot, but it is not a landfill.

"We love having people come an see what a great place it is to live in Evergreen. We just want to keep our neighborhood clean," said Newstok.

The zoo says the trash problem happens every year when Free Tuesdays go into effect and after the first three or four weeks, the problem typically takes care of itself.

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