NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — When a judge in Comal County overturned the “can ban” back in March, river outfitters were expecting an uptick in business, but there has also been an uptick in the trash.
According to the City of New Braunfels, after this year’s Memorial Day weekend, there was a 400 percent increase in trash collected from the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers.
More than 240 pounds of trash were collected from the two rivers.
In 2013, only 45 pounds was collected after Memorial Day weekend.
The City implemented the original ordinance to cut down on the litter in the rivers.
In 2011 (before the ordinance went into effect), 112,429 lbs. of litter was collected from the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers.
In 2012 (after the ban), 8,562 lbs. of litter was collected. 3,600 lbs. of litter was collected through May 2013.