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Yes They Can

Washington, D.C., sanitation workers had a Herculean task before them earlier this week: clean up the National Mall after President Obama's Tuesday inauguration ceremony.

According to news reports, however, the clean-up effort has proceeded quickly and successfully. Approximately 100 tons of trash have been collected, according to a report. For comparison's sake, 40 tons of waste were collected after the New Year's Eve festivities in New York City's Times Square.

"I got a call earlier today from one of our residents who wanted to let me know that she went out on the Mall yesterday [who] said, 'Linda, it was immaculate," D.C. Department of Public Works public information officer Linda Grant told