Top Ten Coastal Cleanup Items Over 25 Years

living_env_side.jpgThis information is supplied by the Ocean Conservancy

  TOTAL PIECES
REPORTED
PERCENT OF TOTAL
DEBRIS COLLECTED
1. Cigarette butts 52,907,756 32%
2. Food Wrappers/Containers 14,766,533 9%
3. Caps, Lids 13,585,425 8%
4. Cups, Plates, Forks, Knoves 10,112,038 6%
5. Beverage Bottles (Plastic) 9,549,156 6%
6. Bags (Plastic) 7,825,319 5%
7. Beverage Bottles (Glass) 7,062,199 4%
8. Metal beverage cans 6,753,260 4%
9. Straws/Stirrers 6,263,453 4%
10. Rope 3,251,948 2%
     
     
TOTAL 132,077,087 80%
TOTAL Debris Items Worldwide 166,144,420 100%

This information provided by Florida Sea Grant

Timeframe for litter to "vanish" from the deep
Aluminum Cans 200 Years
Biodegradable Diapers 1 Year
Cardboard Boxes, Apple Cores 2 Months
Disposable Diapers 450 Years
Glass Bottles and Jars Maybe Forever
Monofilament Fishing Lines 600 Years
Paper Towels, Newspapers 2 to 6 Weeks
Plastic Bottles 450 Years
Photodegradable 6-pack Rings 6 Months
Plastic 6-Pack Rings 400 Years
Styrofoam Cups 50 Years
Waxed Milk Cartons 3 Months