The North Carolina Coastal Federation seeks to involve the community in collecting marine debris to protect our local wildlife and salt marshes. This helps protect local wildlife, salt marshes and marine life. Our cleanups would not be possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers. Every year, we host community organizations, school groups and college groups from around the country to come help keep the North Carolina coast safe and beautiful.

Along our coast, litter is dangerous to wildlife that mistake litter for food or become entangled in trash items. It is also a hazard to humans and hurts our economy.


  • is dangerous to wildlife that mistake litter for food
  • can be lethal when wildlife become entangled
  • is a safety hazard to humans (broken glass, anyone?)
  • damages our economy as it degrades the beauty of the coast.

Coastal cleanups continue throughout the year and are focused on maintaining federation project sites and properties, such as our living shorelines and conversation easements. Cleanup partners and locations may vary based on site conditions and amount of debris. Stay updated at for cleanups in your region!

If you have a group that is interested in cleaning up our coast or if you are aware of an area along the coast that is in need of a cleanup, please call 252-393-8185. Check out some of the different cleanup projects going on in your region!

Northeast Cleanups
Central Cleanups
Southeast Cleanups

Cleanup locations in Onslow and Carteret Counties

  • Bear Island, Hammocks Beach State Park, Swansboro
  • Huggins Island, Hammocks Beach State Park, Swansboro
  • Patsy Pond, Ocean
  • Hoop Pole Creek, Atlantic Beach
  • Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach
  • Sugarloaf Island, Morehead City
  • Morehead City/Beaufort Causeway
  • Radio Island, Beaufort
  • Pivers Island, Beaufort
  • Taylor’s Creek, Beaufort
  • Gallants Channel, NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort
  • Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout National Seashore
  • Rachel Carson Reserve