NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Masonboro Island is a popular spot for Fourth of July celebrations. A local organization continues its annual cleanup efforts on the island for Independence Day.
Masonboro.org volunteers will be on the island during the holidays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., working 4-hour shifts picking up trash.
Since 2009, the organization has organized the annual Holiday Cleanup, disposing of and recycling collected rubbish and reminding visitors to the island to take their rubbish with them when they leave.
This year, organizers are expecting a large crowd and are ready to help keep the island free from litter.
“Based on last year’s numbers, hopefully some of the word gets out, about taking your trash with you. So last year, like I said, it’s been a surprise to me, and it was really wonderful, but we probably didn’t have half a big dumpster full of trash. It’s still, – still a lot of trash. You know, more than there is. needed on the island, but we’re also here to help facilitate its removal,” said Jack Kilbourne, co-founder of Masoboro.org.
Masonboro.org currently has 40 people signed up to volunteer to work 4-hour shifts on the island, but would like to have at least 25 more volunteers.