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Fewer Trash Cans, Less Trash?

Parks are experimenting with removing waste receptacles altogether.
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On the shore of Ocean Beach, in San Francisco, you’re likely to see sand dollars, swarms of squishy purple Velella velella, and surfers rising and falling on the Pacific Ocean waves. What you won’t see is a trash can.

Earlier this month, the National Park Service plucked most of the garbage receptacles from the beach as part of an experiment to see whether the lack of trash cans would inspire guests to take their cast-offs with them, SF Gate reported.