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See what’s littering beaches

  • Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Ocean Conservancy announced the International Coastal Cleanup data results from the 2013 cleanup. Beach Sweep/River Sweep is part of the International Coastal Cleanup.

Here are some quick facts about the cleanup:

Number of volunteers: 3,555 covered almost 154 miles of beaches, marshes and waterways

Number of pounds of debris collected: 19,386

Top 10 items collected:

1. Cigarette butts = 81,089

2. Food wrappers = 9,907

3. Plastic beverage bottles = 6,445

4. Plastic bottle caps = 5,361

5. Beverage cans = 4,901

6. Straws/stirrers = 3,221

7. Glass beverage bottles = 2,755

8. Other plastic bags = 1,819

9. Plastic grocery bags = 1,736

10. Paper bags = 530

The 2013 results, by county, for coastal South Carolina are available at .www.scseagrant.org/Content/?cid=49 This was the first year volunteers collected data on “tiny trash” – less than 2.5 cm, including foam, glass and plastic pieces. This year's Beach Sweep/River Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20.

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