It is back to reality Wednesday as classes begin on the UNCW campus. But Tuesday, nearly three thousand students participated in the annual Beach Blast at Wrightsville Beach. All those fun loving co-eds, can sometimes mean a lot of trash. After a big end of summer celebration, naturally there's going to be a bit of trash to pick up. The Surfrider Foundation sponsored Tuesday's Beach Sweep. Without the sweep there would likely not be a Beach Blast. "We really do want to leave the beach clean. We don't want to trash it. Obviously it's a town law and a university law you can't have alcohol on the beach,” said UNCW junior Vanessa Bezy. Cans and bottles are easy to spot. It is those smaller, tobacco items that are harder to find. Marissa Walch a UNCW senior said, "We pick up a lot of cigarette butts, a lot of plastic bottles. It was really a hot day. We're just trying to make sure that the beaches are clean as we get everything together so we can respect the beach and enjoy beach blast for many years." UNCW sophomore Mark Forest added, "A lot of animals die because of trash that's left on the beaches and it just makes the beaches look awful when cans and bottles are left all over the place." UNCW students were not the only ones combing the beach strand Tuesday afternoon. A group from Mayfaire helped out as well. "We're with the Reserve at Mayfaire and a lot of UNCW students live at our property and we do partnering with UNCW and just wanted to help out today," said Beach Sweep volunteer Kelly Struble. The next time you are at the beach, please make sure you do your part. The Surfrider Foundation also performs a lot of random beach sweeps throughout the year, primarily at Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Masonboro Island. They also randomly pick up trash on the UNC-Wilmington campus.
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