Town Launches New "Pack it in, Pack it out" Trash Campaign For Beach Front

Town Launches New "Pack it in, Pack it out" Trash Campaign For Beach Front

Town Launches New "Pack it in, Pack it out" Trash Campaign For Beach Front Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 10 March 2021 02:45

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH -  The Town of Carolina Beach is implementing a new strategy for dealing with trash on the beach front; they are removing the big blue trash barrels. The goal is to promote a new program called, "Pack it in, pack it out" meaning that everyone visiting the beach must take their trash with them when they leave.
The goal of the new program is to help maintain a clean and safe environment for beach visitors and wildlife.
Public notifications and beach signage are being used to educate beach strand visitors on the new locations to dispose of trash. Large containers will be placed at beach access areas where people can dispose of their trash in those containers rather than traditionally using the blue barrels on the beach which would overflow on busy summer weekends with trash overflowing from around barrels.
In the coming weeks the blue barrels will be removed from the beach front except for areas near the downtown Boardwalk area.
The new 96 gallon trash containers at beach access areas will be serviced seven days a week on a similar schedule as the older blue barrels.
According to Brian Stanberry, Public Works Director, "The Pack It In/Pack It Out platform should be fully operational by Easter weekend (April 2nd). Future plans include town staff working with NC Division of Environmental and Customer Service (NC DEACS) to attain grant funding for improved receptacles at the street side of the access-ways. These proposed receptacles will be paired, having trash and recycling located side by side. This would allow the Town to increase the level of service and provide recycling around the beach access areas."
During the Town Council's March 9th, meeting, Town Manager Bruce Oakley explained, "It's an idea that has been discussed with Town Council and staff for some time now. It's been successful in other Town's in the State and across the Country. We think it will be a good program and will get rid of the unsightly blue cans that overflow sometimes during the summer and... will be an improvement although a little counter intuitive to remove trashcans but we think it will improve the trash situation on the beach. We will have 96 gallon trashcans... on the street-side access points so people can still take their trash there, it's not like you will have to take it back t your car. We will still have trashcans there it just won't be on the beach so we think it will be a major improvement."
Oakley said the Town is marketing the new program and, "We are trying to get this going slowly. We are going to start picking up some cans on the north and and the south end and slowly work our way in. Keeping them at the Boardwalk. Then we will by Easter Weekend try to have them all removed."
Oakley said the Town is reaching out to local media and posting notices on social media such as Facebook to spread the word.

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