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Clean-up crews brace for litter and garbage control at CCMF

Source: Mandy Noell Source: Mandy Noell

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Litter cleanup crews are working morning and night to keep the grounds of the Carolina Country Music Festival clean. After the kick-off concert on Thursday night, clean-up crews arrived at 7:30 a.m. Friday.

Some cleaners said there was a surprising amount of garbage left overnight by concert-goers, but others said it's what they expected.

"I don't see where it's excessive,”said Brian Cribb, on the clean-up crew. “Now tomorrow it might be, you know, because we'll probably have a bigger crowd tonight."

Nonetheless, within the first two hours of clean-up, Cribb himself picked up three trash bags and four large buckets full of garbage, including, "Cigarette butts, beer cans, beer tops, um, some clutter, some trash, paper trash."

Aluminum bottle tops were stuck in the ground all across the festival site, pushed in deep by people walking over them.

The festival is expected to bring in tens of thousands of people. Organizers are asking everyone enjoying the music to do their part.

"We want to make sure we don't leave a footprint here; it's a clean recycle environment," Bob Durkin, Full House Productions President, said. “We've got plenty of cans throughout the site for garbage, and we'll also be recycling. "

WMBF News crews didn't find any recycling cans on site on Friday morning, but trash cans were sprinkled around the site. Concert-goers won't have to look far, no matter where they're standing.

The City of Myrtle Beach spends a lot of money on trash and litter pickup to keep the beach pristine.

"We've added some extra trash barrels on 9th Avenue North, I think probably on the beach and the boulevard as well," said Mark Kruea with the City of Myrtle Beach. "People will use a trash can if it's available, So the key is just to make sure that they stay empty and that there's room."

The city said crews will be out at night, and hired cleanup crews will be back each morning during the festival to make sure the grounds don't get trashed.

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