Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers who helped make the 25th anniversary of COASTSWEEP so successful in terms of turnout and debris removed. In 2012, 2,588 volunteers cleaned 143 sites (more than 139 miles), removing more than seven tons of debris! See the COASTSWEEP 2012 data sheet for complete results.
A special thanks goes to the Josiah Quincy School for bringing more than 200 students to Carson Beach for the 25th Anniversary Celebration. The Josiah Quincy School has been a long-time participant in COASTSWEEP—and their students, led by their wonderful teachers, continue to tackle the problem of marine debris with great energy and enthusiasm. This year, the students and teachers collected approximately 100 pounds of debris!
Now that all of the data has been collected from our volunteers, we see that primary type of trash (by number) is, once again, cigarette butts. Last year, volunteers reported collecting approximately 24,700 cigarette butts. That number increased to just over 35,460 this year. Food wrappers and containers were also fairly high, with a reported 13,474.
Clearly much more work is needed to help people reduce the trash they generate and the trash that ends up on our shorelines—but thanks to all who participated in a COASTSWEEP cleanup, those cigarettes, food wrappers, and other debris won't be polluting our oceans!
-The COASTSWEEP Team