ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. -- Cleaner beaches and happy visitors. The town of Atlantic Beach has launched a new project to help keep the beaches there more clean.

What You Need To Know

  • Baskets are available at every public access point.

  • People are encouraged to share photos online using #TrashFreeAB.

  • The hope is that other beaches will use this as a guideline.

“I like how we can see the water from the kitchen,” Anna Roberson says.

Roberson and her family are visiting Atlantic Beach from Maryland. One reason the family enjoys coming to the beaches in North Carolina is because of how clean they are.

“I enjoy being at the beach, and if there's trash then it's gross and sad,” Roberson says.

Roberson spent time participating in Atlantic Beach's new trash cleanup program, which was just implemented three weeks ago.

She says, “I think that visitors also help to clean up even though this isn't their beach because we're also enjoying it.”

The program was created by the town leaders of Atlantic Beach. All 22 public access points to the beach have baskets for trash. People can grab the baskets in case they see any trash while putting their toes in the sand.

“Each station features signage, about five baskets,” says Morgan Gilbert, Director of Recreation, Communication, and Special Events for the Town of Atlantic Beach.

The town partnered with the Crystal Coast Water Keepers to make the project a reality.

“You have a town that has taken the initiative to say, 'we need to try to do something to help keep our beaches clean',” says Larry Baldwin with CCW.

For residents and visitors like Roberson, the goal is to have a cleaner beach every time somebody visits. When she comes back next year, Roberson will be looking out for more people helping clean up.

“I hope next year not to see as much trash, and to see every one with their blue baskets picking up trash,” Roberson says.

People can share photos of themselves picking up trash to social media using #TrashFreeAB.