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Traverse City Record-Eagle, July 14, 2014

…To Traverse City Parks and Recreation employees, volunteers from the National Cherry Festival and to Bay Area Recycling for Charities for getting out bright and early every morning to clean up mountains of trash left on city beaches and elsewhere after big Cherry Festival events. Crew members emptied trash cans and picked up garbage and debris while a city employee operated the beach cleaner, a machine that digs down about four inches and runs a screen through the sand to catch debris. Grand Traverse County Emergency Management Coordinator Gregg Bird estimated more than a half-million people descended on downtown Traverse City for the July 4 weekend. Bay Area Recycling for Charities founder Andy Gale said the amount of trash, recycling and compost was almost too much to handle.

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