North Myrtle Beach volunteers tackle litter along waterways


NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Summer is almost over, which means many visitors will be returning home for the fall and winter months.

It also means that some parts of our area might need to be cleaned up.

If you go through the North Myrtle Beach Marshes, you can see trash piling up along the waterways.

“People aren’t proud of where they live, so they throw trash on the floor,” said Nick Arde, a high school student who attended Saturday’s Beach / Creek Sweep event.

Arde lives in North Myrtle Beach and says he goes out of his way to keep his house clean.

“It’s so important to protect the environment,” he said. “We only have one planet and it’s there and it’s a shame that some people don’t care. Water and air are important for our natural resources.

The event saw volunteers come out to clean up trash from the swamp, as well as the coastline of North Myrtle Beach and along city roads.

Arde filled two medium sized bags full of trash and part of that was the usual bottles, plastics. It also contained stranger finds like a giant sword and foam tube noodles.

Almost 60 people attended for the event, including Patrick Kelly, a North Myrtle Beach resident.

“It’s a tourism driven industry that we have here if we don’t make beautiful beaches and waterways, nobody will come,” he said. “So we have to make it beautiful for tourists and for ourselves as a quality of life.”

Resuming the big bangs after a year-long hiatus from COVID-19, volunteers said they were also struggling to recruit additional helpers.

“There’s just more trash littered around, and we want to make sure we can deal with it before it gets out of hand,” said Bob Kayton, chairman of the Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful Commission. “All they have to do is go down to the beach and see that we need help. “

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