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Beach cleanup continues days after July 4th celebrations

The crews will be working eight to ten hour days for the next few weeks to clean the beaches. (Photo source: WLOX) The crews will be working eight to ten hour days for the next few weeks to clean the beaches. (Photo source: WLOX)
The Harrison County Sand Beach Authority offers free trash bags to folks out on the beaches, and most of the 550 trash cans were full. (Photo source: WLOX) The Harrison County Sand Beach Authority offers free trash bags to folks out on the beaches, and most of the 550 trash cans were full. (Photo source: WLOX)
The weeks after Independence Day are always the busiest of the year for beach cleaning crews in Harrison County. (Photo source: WLOX) The weeks after Independence Day are always the busiest of the year for beach cleaning crews in Harrison County. (Photo source: WLOX)
The rest of the trash is picked up by two dozen sand beach employees. (Photo source: WLOX) The rest of the trash is picked up by two dozen sand beach employees. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Monday was the second day for the crews along our coast cleaning up after a bustling Fourth of July. We showed you the start of the cleanup effort Sunday, but Monday was the first day with all employees back on the job.

Cleaning miles of sand beach is a big job, but for Chuck Loftis, Director of the Harrison County Sand Beach Authority, it's just another day at work.

"We're used to it, this is something that happens on a yearly basis," said Loftis.

Every year people gather on the beaches, shoot fireworks, have a good time, and leave behind a big mess for the county to clean up. To help with that effort, the Harrison County Sand Beach Authority offers free trash bags to folks out on the beaches, but the containers were quickly emptied, and most of the 550 trash cans were full. The rest of the trash is picked up by two dozen sand beach employees.

"It's taken care of within about a week and a half to two weeks," Loftis said.

Most of the work is completed using four tractor-towed beach cleaners, but some is done by hand. Mike Taylor takes the ground approach cleaning parking bays and the median. He looks forward to seeing the finished product year after year.

"You know, we've got a good crew working for Sand Beach and in a couple of weeks it will be pristine beaches again," he said.

But Taylor believes the county shouldn't have to clean this much.

"I was always brought up, bring trash to the beach, bring it home with you," said Taylor.

And some visitors share that thought.

"There are trash cans. They should pick up their trash," said Brandi Tibbetts.

Cedric Taylor agreed, but he said he did see several people cleaning up after themselves.

"You could see people picking up most of their stuff and walking away with it. Most of it seemed to be fireworks that were left behind," he said.

But, Taylor's son, Delano, said firework debris is still considered trash and shouldn't be left on the beaches.

"It's pollution. The whole thing is pollution," said Delano.

According to Loftis, the weeks after Independence Day are the busiest of the year for his crews. They will be working eight to ten hour days for the next few weeks to clean the beaches.

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