This Saturday, September 20, is Ocean Conservancy’s 29th Annual International Coastal Cleanup. Cleanups are held around the world, from the United States to India.
In addition to providing willing volunteers with an opportunity to help cleanup our oceans and beaches, the International Coastal Cleanup provides researchers with a snapshot of “what’s trashing our ocean.” These annual snapshots will (hopefully) help us learn how to prevent specific items from ever entering the water in the first place
Here’s a quick summary of last year’s event:
- Nearly 650,000 people in 92 countries participated.
- Volunteers collected more than 12.3 million pounds of trash.
- The ten most common items found were cigarettes, food wrappers, plastic bottles, plastic bottle caps, straws, plastic grocery bags, glass bottles, other plastic bags, paper bags, and beverage cans.
- The United States, the Philippines and Hong Kong were the top three participating countries.
- Combined, volunteers found enough discarded items to furnish an entire studio apartment, including an air conditioner, refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine, and much, much more.
- Other notable items included: a lava lamp, a torn up love letter, and a working iPad.
To learn more, read the full 2013 report, which provides state-by-state and country-by-country data about the ocean trash collected.
If you’re interested in joining the International Coastal Cleanup this year, you can click here to find or organize an event near you. Some events are taking place over the next few weekends, so if you aren’t around this weekend you can still participate!
Check out some of the articles below to learn more about plastic pollution and other trash in our oceans.
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