People, Pounds and Miles

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For more than a quarter of a century, volunteers from all over the world have gathered every year along coastlines and waterways to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup®. Many walk, while others set out on boats. Thousands more don scuba gear to seek trash below the water’s surface.

In 2012, more than half a million volunteers participated, collecting more than 10 million pounds of trash and covering a distance of nearly 18,000 miles.

These volunteers have picked up everything imaginable along the world’s shorelines: cigarette butts, food wrappers, abandoned fishing gear and even automobiles and kitchen appliances.

Here are some of the weirdest finds from the 2012 Cleanup:

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You can help keep weird items like these out of our ocean. Join the fight for a healthy ocean by taking the pledge to help turn the tide on ocean trash.

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International Coastal Cleanup 2012 Data Release

Nearly 600,000 volunteers joined together for Ocean Conservancy's 2011 International Coastal Cleanup. Here's what they found.

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