Beachgoers should see fewer cigarette butts in the sand next summer

EAST BAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -   Some community college students say beachgoers should see fewer cigarette butts in the sand next summer, thanks to their cleanup project.

  Six members of a Project Management class at Northwestern Michigan College came up with the idea of installing five decorative trash containers at Keith Charters Traverse City State Park beach. It's on Grand Traverse Bay in Grand Traverse County's East Bay Township.

  The Traverse City High School after-class art teacher Phil Wilson has recruited students to paint natural scenes for the containers.

  Keith Charters Traverse City State Park beach hasn't had trash cans for several years. The state Department of Natural Resources has agreed to empty the new trash cans.

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