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Coastal clean up completed

The total amount of trash picked up during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup surpassed the 10 million pound mark – with the second highest total items reported in the Cleanup’s 27-year history. The new numbers offer a snapshot of the trash found along the ocean and waterways throughout the country and world.

The tallies were collected during the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup, the largest annual volunteer effort for the ocean. This year, while celebrating the tremendous volunteer effort, Ocean Conservancy is also stressing it is not enough to just clean it up – we need to rethink trash from beginning to end point.

Total numbers:

  • More than 550,000 people (561,633) picked up more than 10 million pounds of trash (10,149,988) along nearly 20,000 miles of coastlines (17,719).
  • Second all-time highest in total items reported since 1986.
  • Third all-time highest in total pounds collected since 1986.

Ocean Conservancy has been organizing the clean up for 27 years, and while picking up the trash that’s already on our beaches and waterways is an important component to fighting marine debris, it’s not enough.