Top 10 trash items found littering our beaches and waterways — and the weirdest

USA Today. Bu David Carrig.

In one day, thousands of volunteers worldwide collected from beaches and waterways enough plastic beverage bottles to fill over five standard swimming pools and enough plastic straws to reach the height of over 10,000 palm trees, according to a new report on coastal cleanup.  

The non-profit environmental group Ocean Conservancy said during its International Coastal Cleanup day last September, 789,138 volunteers in more than 100 countries collected about 20.5 million pounds of trash. 

Topping the list of items found polluting our beaches and waterways were 2.4 million cigarette butts, which contain plastic filters. That was followed by 1.7 million food wrappers and 1.6 million plastic water bottles. 

Read the full report at USA Today, including a list of the 10 items found most during the cleanup – and a table of the most weird.

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