Cape Cod Beaches Suffering With Trash Overloads

FALMOUTH – Falmouth Solid Waste Advisory Committee Chairwoman Linda Davis has announced a plan to work with the 15 Cape Cod towns in an effort to create a uniform waste management policy, geared towards public beaches.

“Our National Park system has a policy what you pack in you pack out, and you make people responsible for the trash generated, and they bring it home with them,” said Davis.

Cape residents and visitors have been known to try and skip out on paying dump fees, by dropping household trash on the beaches, knowing that DPW and sanitation workers would have to remove it. This plan tries to augment that so people will be more responsible for their own rubbish.

“Changing that mindset and changing the habits is sometimes where the real problem is. My feeling is with good education and good preparation, the policy could work,” said Davis.

Beach Committee member Margaret Mitchell has endorsed the effort made by Davis, and the Cape town’s aim to finalize a policy by the next year.

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