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Report: NC beaches, waterways had fourth most trash in US

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- The non-profit Ocean Conservancy's annual cleanup report ranks North Carolina fourth in the United States in the amount of waste picked up on public beaches and waterways.

Volunteers found nearly 410,000 pounds of trash during a clean-up last fall.

Wrightsville Beach's town manager says keeping our beaches clean is vital to the success of the area's economy, so the cleanup crews can never take a day off.

"It's constant," Tim Owens said. "Basically they sweep the beach every morning and empty trash cans and take a couple of runs in the night. Also our lifeguards check on it and we do what we can to keep it clean."

According to the report cigarettes, plastic bottles and food wrappers were the most commonly collected items.

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The trash

They are talking about is the human trash.

Vog

Cigarette butts

I've never seen anywhere in the country with as many cigarette butts at intersections, parking lots, sidewalks, beaches, parks, etc. It seems as though NC's smokers just see the world as their ashtray!

Those butts float down into the water system and out to sea where they can kill fish and sea turtles.

Really, how long does it

Really, how long does it take to clean up after yourself? Some people are just rather lazy and inconsiderate.

I don't agree with the

I don't agree with the study, the beaches seem ver clean to me.

ver clean

"It's constant," Tim Owens said. "Basically they sweep the beach every morning and empty trash cans and take a couple of runs in the night. Also our lifeguards check on it and we do what we can to keep it clean."

That's why the beaches are clean troy. People pick up the garbage each day that other people throw down.

and our local property taxes

and our local property taxes pay the folks that pick up that trash very well... but before the high horse is climded upon.. i do agree that people should not litter.. if you haul it on the beach you'd damn well better haul it off or dispose of it responsibly. it says fantastic things about our local population that they care aout our local beaches and environment. that's why we have the best because we take care of it. its there for all to use... even the idiots that may abuse it from time to time.