POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 4:01pm
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Spring Break was a big boom for the island economy, but it was also a big problem for cleanup crews.
Although there's plenty of trash remaining on the island beaches it could have been worse. County officials started the Cash for Trash program back on March 1st in an effort to fight the problem with beach goers paying $5 dollars to access the beach. Those who paid the $5 dollars can get their money back after they return the bag filled with trash. Cameron County Park Director Javier Mendez stated, "There wasn't as much littering on the beaches. We used to have glass bottles and trash that was left behind, but I think because we started the Cash for Trash program earlier this year it has kept the beaches clean."
A volunteer beach cleanup for several areas across South Padre Island will take place next month on April 28th.