10 Million Pounds of Trash Removed from Waterways, Coasts, Beaches: 2013 ICC Data

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


A global effort to clean up coasts and waterways netted a staggering 10 million lbs. of trash, Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, a conservation nonprofit, just announced.

The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup took place on Sept. 15, 2012.

Countries all around the world took part.

Volunteers pulled the 10 million lbs. of trash, equivalent to the weight of 41 blue whales, from 17,719 miles (28,516 kilometers) of global waterways and beaches…

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International Coastal Cleanup: 2013 Data Release, Ocean Conservancy
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. 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..

What Does 10 Million Pounds of Trash Look Like? by Ocean Conservancy
“Take your pick: 41 blue whales, 10 Boeing 747 jumbo jets, 5,000 tons or 10 million pounds…
Solutions are built on individual actions of people, organizations and companies, but it will take a collective movement to make a lasting difference. Whether it’s by changing our habits to create less trash, pushing industries and governments to find alternative uses or funding innovative scientific research, the time is now for everyone to work together to find a solution to make our beaches and seas trash free…”

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