- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - The summer beach season here, and the popularity of Hilton Head Island’s beaches can be measured in part by the trash visitors leave behind.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports (https://bit.ly/28UdqKZ ) more trash is being hauled from the resort island’s beaches than a decade ago.

Mike Wagner of Shore Beach Services says the company hauls 12 loads of trash daily in trailers behind all-terrain vehicles. Most had been properly disposed of in trash cans along the beaches.

But the company has added larger dumpsters to dispose of abandoned beach tents.

The South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium reports more than 7,000 pounds of litter was picked up in Beaufort County during the beach and river sweep last year. That’s up from 4,000 pounds in 2014 and 3,000 the previous year.

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Information from: The Island Packet, https://www.islandpacket.com

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