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What does the town of Wrightsville Beach do to stop littering on the beach?

Sherry Jones

The town of Wrightsville Beach has an ordinance prohibiting littering on the beach.

It states:

“No person shall throw, deposit, cause, or permit to be thrown or deposited, any glass, bottles, glassware, cans, garbage, waste, or refuse of any kind on the public beaches and quasi-public beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, Masonboro Inlet, Banks Channel, and other waters and waterways in the town or in the water adjacent to the beaches and shores thereof.”

Anyone who violates the ordinance faces a civil penalty of $100, which is supposed to be paid within 10 days of receiving the citation.

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7 Responses to “ What does the town of Wrightsville Beach do to stop littering on the beach?”

  1. On May 11, 2010 at 7:13 pm Tiffany Rice wrote:

    I understand the ordinance, but what I want to know is if anyone, or any department for that matter, is actually out there enforcing the law? A quick stroll on any stretch of Wrightsville Beach will tell you that there clearly needs to be more enforcement of the existing laws.

  2. On May 15, 2010 at 8:09 am Lisa Weeks wrote:

    The fine was increased to $250 first offense during the Wrightsville Beach Board of Alderman meeting Thursday night.

  3. On May 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm ADRON HALL wrote:

    I’m getting pretty old and if my memory serves me right, there have always been litter bugs, everywhere. Just look on the sides of the roads—people just don’t care. They want others to pick up behind them, kind of like some spoiled, defiant teens. However, we moved to Vancouver, WA, 4 years ago and people here have a “clean” conscious, i.e., they try very hard to not trash their environment. There are musical concerts in a large park in the middle of downtown Vancouver with usually upwards of 200 people present, all sitting in lawn chairs or on blankets, some having snacks and drinks. When the show is over and they all leave, not a scrap of litter is to be seen anywhere….amazing!!!!!

  4. On May 16, 2010 at 5:02 am Anne Russell wrote:

    Enforcement of the litter law is difficult. Best approach is for a fellow beachgoer to publicly embarrass the litterer by loudly stating, to his/her face, that it is rude and illegal to throw trash on the beach, and ask the litterer to properly dispose of the discarded article before law enforcement arrives on the scene.

  5. On May 16, 2010 at 9:21 am Scott wrote:

    Not much of an answer was given. There is a “law”. We have too many laws. Change the culture. Leave the beach cleaner than you found it. Why not provide trash bags similar to the pet waste bags that are found in other public areas. Smokers, smoke ’em if you got ’em but take your butts with you when you leave.

  6. On May 16, 2010 at 6:45 pm Luke wrote:

    Why would someone who is willing to litter care if some fellow beachgoer embarrasses them?
    And making a big deal of it is liblel to start an ugly confrontation. The police would show up for that, I’m sure. And they wouldn’t be there to issue a littering ticket.

  7. On May 19, 2010 at 8:18 am Steve Cherry wrote:

    Most states, counties and municipalities have anti-litter laws. Wrighstville Beach is no different. What’s important in efforts to reduce unsightly and dangerous litter? Law – got that. People who obey the law – most do, some don’t. Education regarding the law – limited. Enforcement of the law – even more imited, if at all. Has anyone visited their town’s Police Dept. and asked, “How many citations were written in the past 12 months for littering in our town?” The answer will likely surprise you…or not. As you can quickly tell…enforcement is only a quarter of the solution. What really needs to change are offensive, rude public behaviors and uncaring attitudes. Good luck with those!

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