About 40 volunteers removed debris along the beach in Long Beach Island’s Holgate section Saturday.
The members of the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association, a statewide organization dedicated to the preservation of beach resources, spent the day scouring the beach to remove debris in advance of the upcoming beach season.
They removed a variety of objects, ranging from the ubiquitous plastic products to the most unusual.
“We filled a 40-yard dumpster with a wide array of debris,” said NJBBA’s Timothy Burden, who added that attendance was lighter than usual due to Friday’s snowstorm.
According to Burden, volunteers found dock planks and partial pilings, kids beach toys, cigarette butts, full pilings, dock and boat lines, plastic bottles/cups/caps/straws/tiparillo tips, commercial fishing net parts, beach chairs, wooden posts of all sizes, foam dock pieces, a toilet tank, various sizes of plywood, wooden kitchen cabinet, sunglasses, sneakers, flip flops, and more.
It’s just one of the many events on the busy NJBBA calendar.
Since 1954, NJBBA has fought to preserve beach access for all users, building protective fences, planting dune grass, and also working with community leaders and other organizations to advance its mission.