Over 1,600 bags of trash left behind by Hilton Head Island beach-goers

Following Memorial Day weekend, 1,670 bags of trash were removed from Hilton Head Island beaches

Shore Beach Service lifeguards collected and removed 650 bags of trash on Saturday, 600 bags on Sunday, and 420 bags on Monday.

Mike Wagner of Shore Beach Service told The Island Packet that the trash haul was relatively similar to their Fourth of July weekend last year. He also says on an average summer weekend they remove about 1,000 bags of trash from the beach.

In a post on Instagram, Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island posted a picture of the aftermath of Memorial Day drinking on Hilton Head Island beach. They expressed their concern for the trash being an obstacle for turtles to find their way to the water captioning the post, "#LeaveNOtrash Lots of red here for a#MemorialDay?!?!#SEAturtleSEASON2020 #kindnessmatters #RespectMatters."

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