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Study: bugs eat thousands of pounds of trash per year

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A new study gives the word "litterbug" a whole new meaning. A team from North Carolina State University found that bugs love to eat food they find on the ground. Sounds totally obvious, but the amount they can consume is kind of mind blowing.

They focused on a small area of New York City and they found that the bugs could consume the equivalent of 600,000 potato chips in one year. Just how important are bugs to keeping our cities clean?

A Martinez speaks with Elsa Youngstead - a research associate at North Carolina State University and lead author of the paper.