Volunteers clean up holiday litter, trash on Grand Haven beaches

Grand Haven fireworks beach clean-up

GRAND HAVEN, MICH. - Now that the holiday is over, volunteers have combed the Grand Have State Park to remove trash and litter left by visitors.

On Wednesday morning, citizens volunteers for the "Adopt-a-Beach" Clean Up hosted by the Alliance for the Great Lakes, which says that litter left behind on beaches and shorelines is a growing issues. As you can imagine, there was quite the mess left behind after last night's fireworks show in Grand Haven.

"It's really about balancing our natural resources with our economy and our tourism," said Adopt-a-Beach manager, Jamie Cross. "We want people to come out and we want people to enjoy the beaches and the shorelines, but we want to make sure that they understand the beauty and how important it is of a resource -- so, we're trying to figure out how to make that balance."

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Volunteers spent the morning picking up trash, blankets and among other things. Organizers say among the cans and bottles picked up, only 26 were recyclable and more than 250 items were not.

Wednesday's clean-up is one of two held at Grand Haven State Park this summer.

More information can be found on the Adopt-a-Beach website.

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