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Garden City residents concerned about beach trash

Residents posted several pictures like this one on Facebook speaking about unwanted and abandoned items on the beach. (Source: Facebook) Residents posted several pictures like this one on Facebook speaking about unwanted and abandoned items on the beach. (Source: Facebook)

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Summer is the peak time when area beaches attract residents and visitors, but people in Garden City said they have been seeing more than sand and water for a while now.

According to a Georgetown County ordinance, people are not supposed to leave unwanted things out on the beach. If people choose to, the items will be deemed abandoned and removed because it interferes with sea turtle nesting.

For some, however, the ordinance is viewed as just words on a sheet of paper because it has gotten out of hand.

Residents said that, in a one-mile stretch of Garden City Beach, trash, tent canopies, fireworks and other general items are left almost every evening.

They are fed up not only because tourists feel it is OK to trash the beaches they live on, but there are other trash issues that need to be resolved.

"Bags of beer cans, Coke cans, whatever, that should all go to recycling," said a concerned resident. "We have none of that. Even when people trim their palm trees or lawn clippings, we have no pick up for that." 

She said she walks almost every morning and trash cans overflow by the time crews get to them. Some garbage does not even make it to the bins.

"It sits for a long time," a resident said. "Our neighbors would go out and pick it up occasionally, but we all just got burned out.”

Locals said they want the area to look beautiful, and are sad that trash sits out when they pay taxes for people to come out and clean.

"I know it has to be hard on them, but it has to happen more and we need more trash receptacles," said a resident.

Georgetown County picks up trash here twice a week, but residents said it is not enough.

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