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Wrightsville Beach - Keep it Clean


In June 2010, the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen appointed eleven citizens of the community to serve on the ad hoc Cleaner, Greener Wrightsville Beach Committee which was formed to develop a litter prevention program.  In addition, two aldermen and four Town staff served on the committee.  The committee's mission statement:  "Strive to eliminate litter through public awareness, education, enforcement and improvement of trash and recycling programs."

Following many months of meetings, fact gathering, and research, the committee proposed  to the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen a plan of action to promote a litter free environment at Wrightsville Beach.  On January 6, 2011 in consideration of the Cleaner, Greener Committee's recommendations, the Town's Board of Aldermen appointed two new member seats to the existing Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to continue the efforts and put into action the recommendations of the now dissolved Cleaner, Greener Wrightsville Beach Committee. 


Wrightsville Beach is surrounded by beautiful waterways. Unfortunately, these waters can often be polluted through stormwater runoff. Because of this concern, Wrightsville Beach developed a Stormwater Management Program in an effort to educate residents, visitors, and businesses about stormwater pollution and the impact to our community and environment.  

You Are the Solution to Stormwater Pollution and the Adopt-A-Beach Access program are efforts administered by the Town to combat storm water pollution and litter.  The Adopt-A-Beach Access program allows individuals or organizations to register for a specific beach access committing to cleaning the access on a regular basis.  Participation in this program provides a means to give back to the community while protecting one of our magnificent natural resources. 


Animal waste on grass and sidewalks ends up in our waterways.  With pets creating 3,000 pounds of waste in New Hanover County each day, it's imperative that we clean up after our pets.   Not only is pet waste a detriment to our environment, it can also result in a $250 fine for a pet owner should they leave the waste behind or not have the means with them at all times to pick it up.  Pet waste disposal bags are provided by the Town in various locations should you forget to bring your own means for disposal.  For more information, contact the Town's park ranger.  


Residents of the Town of Wrightsville Beach may choose from two options for recycling.  The town's recycling center is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is located at the municipal complex.  Residents may also choose to contract for curbside recycling through Green Coast Recycling.  In addition, there are several locations on the beach strand where recycle containers have been placed next to trash barrels in the event someone is unable to remove their trash and recyclable  waste from the beach. 



Many local organizations are committed to keeping our environment clean and litter free. Beach sweeps and other area clean ups are often organized. You can find a list of activities on the following websites as well as valuable information pertaining to environmental issues and how you can become involved.
Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project Wrightsville Beach Keep It Clean Blog
Keep America Beautiful of New Hanover County Surfrider Foundation
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Vessel sewage is regulated in order to protect our waters and aquatic habitats as well as to safeguard human health. Waters around Wrightsville Beach are designated a No Discharge Zone for vessel sewage. Boaters should be aware of the regulations in order to avoid a significant fine.  For more information on clean boating, visit the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Coastal Management's website.





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