After a busy Memorial Day weekend on the coast, North Carolina Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium is making sure no trash is left behind.
About 20 volunteers picked up trash in Atlantic Beach Tuesday morning.
The aquarium says these beach cleanups are vital for our coastal habitats.
Trash found on the beach can make its way in the ocean. This a huge hazard to marine creatures. It can cause them to become entangled or choke on debris.
The aquarium adds plastic is the biggest issue when it comes to trash on the beach. It doesn’t deteriorate or break down as quickly as other items.
One volunteer says she tries to clean up trash from the beach daily.
“I do it because that’s how I was brought up. It just breaks my heart to see all this trash that’s going to end up killing our sea life and ocean,” said Kathy Marcheselli, a volunteer.
The aquarium says 29 bags of trash were collected Tuesday morning by volunteers.
The trash will be disposed of by the Town of Atlantic Beach.