Does the litter ever end?

Marine DebrisThe 10 most common debris items found worldwide during the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup in September:

Cigarettes and filters: 3,216,991

Plastic bags: 1,377,141

Food wrappers and containers: 942,620

Caps and lids: 937,804

Plastic bottles: 714,892

Paper bags: 530,607

Straws and stirrers: 509,593

Cups, plates and cutlery: 441,053

Glass bottles: 434,990

Drink cans: 401,412

Source: Ocean Conservancy

About The Author

Scott serves as Director of Development & Communications for Audubon Canyon Ranch (focusing on preservation, education and conservation science) and has almost fifteen years of experience spanning for-profit and nonprofit sectors in biotech, wildlife conservation and management, communications, and philanthropy. In addition to a strong track record in organizational growth and leadership, he is the founder of Urban Bird Foundation and Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, and presided over ECHO Fund, a coastal protection and restoration organization, as President for four years. Scott holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Policy, degrees in Micro & Molecular Biology and Environmental Sciences, and has complemented his studies with a Master's certificate in Environmental Resource Management.

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