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PEOPLE | CULTURE | HAPPENINGS trending Talkin’ Trash What’s in your beach bag? By SUSAN MILLER Photography by ALLISON POTTER On any given summer morning, Wrightsville Beach’s strand sparkles with bounty for treasure hunters: whole sand dollars, million-year-old shark tooth fossils, color-ful seashells from an array of species so vast it can’t be counted. But for every treasure, there’s something else nestled in the sand and churning in the waves that has reached insur-mountable numbers: trash. During the summer of 2014, volunteers for Wrightsville Beach – Keep It Clean picked up a docu-mented 11,833 pieces of litter off the strand. top 10 littered items ➥ collected at Wrightsville Beach during summer 2014. Cigarette butts 1828 Food wrappers & containers 1558 Bottle Caps & Lids 1369 Cups and Plates 1231 Beverage Bottles & Cans 907 Straws & Stirrers 703 Fireworks 426 Plastic Bags 273 Balloons 148 Utensils 135 Instead of ➥ Plastic toys, shovels & buckets Pack this ➥ Wood & metal miniature gardening tools, metal baking tins & Jell-O molds Flimsy plastic shovels, buckets and toys break under the weight of wet sand, rendering them useless and leaving plastic shards behind. Sturdier miniature wood and metal gardening tools, sized for kids’ hands, can be reused. Measuring cups and Jell-O molds from a thrift store are perfect for making a plastic-free castle. Keep toys a safe dis-tance away from the tide line. Data collected by Wrightsville Beach — Keep It Clean volunteers; compiled and reported by Ocean Conser vancy. 14 WBM june 2015


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