On Saturday, January 12, the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association (NCBBA) put out a call to its members and volunteers on Facebook and their website that the National Park Service needed help in keeping the Cape Hatteras National Seashore clean and pristine from trash and litter.
As it was a last-minute call, 14 hardy folks came out and braved the cold, met at the Salvo Day Use facility on Hatteras Island, and took assignments both north and south of Salvo.
All trash collection containers had their existing trash bags changed out with new trash bags in both refuge containers and recycle bins. Several of the volunteers conducted some roadside cleanups, while others rode the beaches picking up litter as they went.
NCBBA, a longstanding group of individuals chartered over 50 years ago to keep open beach access, sponsors four beach cleanups a year and has been doing so for over 35 years, known as Operation Beach Respect.
“We want to thank all the volunteers who answered the call so quickly,” said the NCBBA in a statement. “As you can see, things look pretty clean on Highway 12 on Cape Hatteras. Thanks to our members and guests for their support in keeping our beaches open for public use during this shutdown!”
For more information about the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, go to otheir website at www.ncbba.org.