The staff at Jennette’s Pier has a unique perspective on where litter goes and its alarming how much ends up in the ocean.

Plastic drink bottles and aluminum cans, caps, straws, balloons, toys, food wrappers, bags and, of course, cigarette butts are found daily on beaches adjacent to Jennette’s. After big storms, it’s even worse.

With this in mind, the Pier’s Green Team has been brain storming a number of ways to eliminate these items that slip away from the waste stream and drift to our Gulf Stream.

Jennette’s staff plans to improve recycling options in our parking lot with hopes the general public will deposit their plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

There are also plans in the works to deploy collapsible and portable recycling bins to be used at special events held on the Pier’s beaches such as this month’s South Atlantic Lifeguard Championships, which is Wednesday and Thursday, July 11-12; and OBX Skim Jam, which is Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22.

Most importantly, we will provide 20 new cigarette butt receptacles in the parking lot to combat our No. 1 source of litter.

Remember to cast only your foot prints in the sand when you leave the beach. Help us keep Jennette’s Pier, as well as all of the beautiful Outer Banks beaches clean and green for all to enjoy.

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