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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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