Next Saturday, September 21, is Ocean Conservancy’s 28th annual International Coastal Cleanup.
It’s the biggest coastal cleanup and every year millions of volunteers turn up to collect trash at beaches around the world. In a statement, marine debris specialist Nicholas Mallos explained that “Last year, volunteers picked up a quantity of trash equivalent to the weight of 10 jumbo jets.”
Here’s a quick summary of last year’s event:
- More than 550,000 people participated.
- Volunteers collected more than 10 million pounds of trash.
- Volunteers found enough water bottles that, when stacked end-to-end, equal 1,000 Empire State Buildings.
- The ten most common items found were cigarettes, food wrappers, plastic bottles, plastic bags, caps and lids, plastic forks, knives and spoons, straws, glass bottles, cans and paper bags.
- The United States, the Philippines and Canada were the top three participating countries.
This year’s cleanup will be just as big! Check it out:
If you’re interested in joining the International Coastal Cleanup this year, you can click here to find or organize an event near you.
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