collects record low amount of trash after July 4th celebrations

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Bright eyed and bushy tailed, the volunteers went out to clean up after July 4th celebrations on the barrier island Sunday morning.

But to their surprise, there wasn’t much to clean up.

“I guess in the neighborhood of 200-300lbs of trash. A couple tents, couple chairs, and a couple bags of trash,” President Tom Hackler said.

Hackler says it was a record low amount of trash picked up.

He says it’s in part because of the smaller crowds due to COVID-19 concerns, but still tips his hat to those who celebrated the holiday on the island.

“I was just very appreciative of the public and young people doing their part to keep this island in the shape it needs to be in so that we can all come over and enjoy it,” Hackler said. “Bottom line. That’s what we’re all about.”

First time volunteer Jennifer Adams says she was pleasantly surprised by the condition of the island as well.

“It seems pretty clean. I thought it was going to be a lot worse than what it was,” Adams said.

An avid kayaker in the area, she says the island usually sees a lot of traffic.

“I think it’s just people being conscious of what they’re doing and maybe staying more spaced apart so it’s not piles of trash all in one spot,” Adams said.

She says even though there wasn’t too much to do, she’s grateful for a beautiful morning spent on the water.

“It’s just nice that everyone’s out here getting rid of our environmental footprint or whatever we left out from the weekend,” Adams said.

Hackler says even though this was a good year, he doesn’t want to shy away volunteers for next year because you never know what can happen.

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