A message from the City of South Padre Island….Once again, Cameron County Parks & Recreation will implement a CASH FOR TRASH RETURN REFUND PROGRAM which will run through the end of summer of 2015. The program has begun on March 4, 2015 and will run thru September 7, 2015 and will operate on the Cameron County Beaches Access 5 & 6. This program is intended to address the negative impacts of domestic trash left behind by visitors of county beaches. This program began in 2010 as a pilot project and has shown great success in helping keep the beaches clean plus educating the public about the unsanitary environment and the detriment to human and marine life created by leaving trash behind.
Again, the Cash for Trash Return Refund Program will operate during our season’s busiest time, March 4, 2015 thru September 7, 2015. In addition to the general beach user fee of $5.00, Cameron County Park staff will collect an additional $5.00, which will be a trash bag deposit for every vehicle entering only County Beach Accesses 5 & 6, and then an empty trash bag will be provided with an attached receipt. As the visitors exit the beach, county staff will refund $5.00 in return for their receipt and county issued bag full of trash. The refund will only be issued for that same day, if the bag is full and if they return before 7:00 p.m.
Trash left behind is not only unsightly, but is harmful to our environment, marine and wildlife habitat and more particularly humans. We ask the public, and the users to respect public lands and please observe all State and County Litter Laws. For any additional information regarding this program you may contact Joe E. Vega, Parks Director with the Cameron County Parks and Recreation Department, at (956) 761-3700 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article by Port Isabel-South Padre Press Editor.