North Topsail Beach adds ‘Blue Tubes’ to help with trash

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North Topsail Beach BlueTube
Workers installing new BlueTubes at North Topsail Beach (Photo: Onslow County)

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Onslow County’s four public beach accesses at North Topsail Beach have a new feature: the BlueTube.

New “Blue Tube” at North Topsail Beach (Photo: Onslow County)

Each bright blue container holds plastic bags and promotes clean beaches.

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Beachgoers can take a bag, collect trash, and throw it away in the nearby garbage can.

Visitors with empty plastic bags can deposit them into the tube for reuse, to help continue the plastic bag cycle of the BlueTube.

Through a partnership between Onslow County Solid Waste, Keep Onslow Beautiful, and Onslow County Parks and Recreation, the BlueTubes were sponsored and installed in time for summer and the beginning of tourist season at North Topsail.



“The BlueTubes are a creative avenue for folks to recycle plastic retail bags while keeping our beaches and oceans free of debris,” said Solid Waste Assistant Director Lisa Rider.

You will find the BlueTubes at the four Onslow County Parks and Recreation beach access sites.

  • 1. Beach Access One- 1759 New River Inlet Rd., North Topsail Beach
  • 2. Beach Access Two- 2950 Island Drive, North Topsail Beach
  • 3. Beach Access Three- St. Regis Hotel, North Topsail Beach
  • 4. Beach Access Four- 484 New River Inlet Rd., North Topsail Beach

A total of 10 BlueTubes will be installed over the next few week with several more added to the beach accesses and at Onslow County Parks.

In addition to the new tubes, Onslow County Solid Waste and Keep Onslow Beautiful will host the 11th Annual Earth and Sruf Fest at North Topsail Beach on Saturday, July 8. For more information on the event, click here.