Masonboro.org volunteers collect 2.8 tons of trash from Masonboro Island on July 4

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A volunteer with Masonboro.org collects trash on Masonboro Island on July 4. Photo courtesy Masonboro.org.
A volunteer with Masonboro.org collects trash on Masonboro Island on July 4. Photo courtesy Masonboro.org.

For the sixth consecutive year, volunteers from Masonboro.org collected trash on July 4, when the island swells with holiday visitors.

This year, more than 75 volunteers helped clean up 2.87 tons–or 5,740 pounds and four dumpsters full–of trash and recyclables from the island just south of Wrightsville Beach, according to a news release from the nonprofit group.

Trash collected included coolers, chairs, umbrellas and tents that were left behind. Another group of volunteers went back out to the island on July 5 to collect any trash that was left over. The crowd was smaller than expected and “generally well behaved,” according to the nonprofit.

“Everyone pitched in to pass out trash bags, to protect the beach landing for our shuttles and law enforcement and to lead by example,” the group said.

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“Although we are seeing some improvement, our focus remains on sharing the message of being accountable and taking home whatever is brought over,” the group stated. “Masonboro Island is a local treasure and our message will remain: We are for open, non-restricted recreational use of Masonboro Island. Masonboro.Org will continue to protect the public access, promote responsible use and preserve the tradition.”

Click here for more information on the all-volunteer nonprofit.