International Coastal Cleanup 2012

Volunteers cleaning Plumb Beach for International Coastal Cleanup © NYC Audubon

Every year, thousands of people converge on coastal areas around the world during the last two weeks of September to raise awareness about the threats to coastlines and clean those areas of garbage. This massive effort is led by the Ocean Conservancy and NYC Audubon has participated for several years, in partnership with the American Littoral Society and National Park Service. This year we took a crew of over 50 volunteers to Brooklyn’s Plumb Beach on Saturday, September 15th to clean the beach and adjacent dunes of garbage, while collecting data on the types and amounts of garbage we found. These data go into the Ocean Conservancy’s database and show how garbage changes over time and with location. Our volunteers did an amazing job, collecting 1,837 cigarette butts, 858 food wrappers or containers, 699 caps or lids, 603 plastic bags and 536 plastic beverage bottles – and those were just the top five most commonly found items! Many thanks to all our amazing volunteers for the hard work they put in to make Plumb Beach better for humans and wildlife.

- John Rowden

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