International Coastal Cleanup

2013 Data Release

More than 500,000 volunteers picked up 10 million pounds of trash during our 2012 International Coastal Cleanup®.

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For nearly three decades, our International Coastal Cleanup has mobilized millions of people in the world’s largest volunteer effort for our ocean and waterways.


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561,633 Volunteers Participated

In 2012, Cleanup volunteers covered a distance of nearly 18,000 miles and collected weird finds ranging from lottery tickets to toothbrushes.


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Top 10 Items Found

10 Million Pounds of Trash Cleaned Up

Many of the most commonly found pieces of trash include items we use every day from food wrappers to beverage containers to plastic bags.


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