Download the data collected during the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup.
The Ocean Trash Index presents state-by-state and country-by-country data about ocean trash collected and tallied by volunteers around the world on one day each fall during Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup®.
Volunteers have collected data since 1986, and the numbers are used to raise awareness, identify hotspots for debris or unusual trash events, and inform policy solutions.
Cleanups alone can’t solve this pollution problem. Nevertheless, the Ocean Trash Index provides a snapshot of what's trashing our ocean so we can work to prevent specific items from reaching the water in the first place.
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In 2012, Cleanup volunteers covered a distance of nearly 18,000 miles and collected weird finds ranging from lottery tickets to toothbrushes.
Many of the most commonly found pieces of trash include items we use every day from food wrappers to beverage containers to plastic bags.
Volunteers cleaned coastal beaches and inland waterways in 97 countries and locations all over the world.
Ocean Conservancy is extremely grateful to our sponsoring partners for their commitment to and enthusiasm for the International Coastal Cleanup.