New Braunfels says river trash is up by 438 percent

NEW BRAUNFELS (KENS 5) -- The city of New Braunfels said that river trash collected this Memorial Day is 438 percent higher than the amount collected last year.

River outfitters said they aren't surprised because last year there was a can ban, and this year there isn't.

This past Saturday, country singer Roger Creager and Rockin' R River Rides drew people to the river to try to break a record for the largest float. "Over a thousand people showed up," said Shane Wolf of Rockin' R River Rides. "We went for the Guinness Book of World Records we shattered that by about nine or nine-thirty."

The record was broken, but trash was also left behind and a picture posted on Creager's Facebook site with comments like "This is so disgusting. The poor river is crying," and "Looks like the public landfield."

Today KENS 5 only found a beer can when searching for trash. Wolf said this is because of river outfitters like Rockin' R helping the city clean up. "All the outfitters do it on a weekly basis," Wolf said. "We have people on the Comal River that are out there cleaning out mesh bags as they float down the river, exchanging empty bags with full bags, and vice versa from that standpoint."

Wolf said they cleaned the Guadalupe yesterday, and that even though the amount of trash collected is up, his numbers for litter are down and it should be reflected in the city's report. "Yes they have a huge number that is trash collection, but most of that is trash being put in receptacles, not litter. Litter is taken off the ground or out of the river. That's a much smaller number than the actual overall trash," said Wolf.


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