North Topsail Beach adds plastic bag containers for trash collection

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NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) — Onslow County has added BlueTubes to four public beach accesses at North Topsail Beach.

Each blue container holds plastic bags beachgoers can take and use to collect trash before throwing it away in a trash can.

Visitors with empty plastic bags can put them in the BlueTube for reuse.

“Our local economy here in eastern North Carolina and especially in Onslow County relies upon a beautiful beach for tourists to come and enjoy,” Lisa Rider, solid waste assistant director, said. “We rely upon our fisheries industry and we know that even our bait fish, one in nine have consumed plastic.”

The BlueTubes were installed through a partnership between Onslow County Solid Waste, Keep Onslow Beautiful, and Onslow County Parks and Recreation.

“Something as innocent as a plastic bag to a sea turtle may look like a jellyfish and they can ingest it and it can interfere with their digestive system,” Joe Heidel, beachgoer said. “It can actually be fatal.”

The locations are:

Beach Access One- 1759 New River Inlet Rd.

Beach Access Two- 2950 Island Drive,

Beach Access Three- St. Regis Hotel,

Beach Access Four- 484 New River Inlet Rd.,

A total of 10 BlueTubes will be installed over the next few week with several more added to the beach accesses and at Onslow County Parks.

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