Trash Free Seas

6 Degrees of Separation

No matter where you live, trash can travel from your hands to storm drains to streams and to the sea.

Ocean trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people, wildlife and local economies. Trash in the water and on the shore can kill marine animals, injure swimmers and beachgoers, and ensnare boat propellers.

We know that trash travels—reaching the ocean by way of storm drains and waterways—so we must take action to stop the flow of trash before it has a chance to reach the water.

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The problem of ocean trash is entirely preventable, and you can make a difference. Join the fight for a healthy ocean by taking the pledge to help turn the tide on ocean trash.


Start a Rippl Effect

Download our mobile app, and take simple, everyday action to reduce your personal footprint.


2012 Ocean Trash Index

Download the data collected during the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup.

People, Pounds and Miles

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

Top 10 Items Found

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

Top 10 Participating Countries

Volunteers cleaned coastal beaches and inland waterways in 97 countries and locations all over the world.

International Coastal Cleanup Sponsoring Partners

Ocean Conservancy is extremely grateful to our sponsoring partners for their commitment to and enthusiasm for the International Coastal Cleanup.

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