Plastic trash make up largest items in beach cleanups

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in Culture, Environment, Ocean Beach, Organizing, San Diego

Coastkeeper, Surfrider groups report jump in collected debris, and volunteers, since ’07

By Mike Lee / SignOnSanDiego / February 7, 2011

Six of the top 10 trash items found on San Diego County’s beaches last year were made of plastic, according to data released Monday by San Diego Coastkeeper and the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter.  Twenty-six percent of the waste was cigarette parts, and Styrofoam accounted for 15 percent of the items. Other plastic items including food wrappers, cups and bottle caps made up 31 percent.

The total amount of trash gathered at local beaches has jumped more than 50 percent since 2007, as has the number of volunteers. …

In all, volunteers removed more than 70,000 pieces of plastic from county beaches in 2010. Bits of Styrofoam have increased in three years from about 10,000 to nearly 25,000.

The groups found that Torrey Pines State Beach had the least trash in 2009 and 2010, while the most trash was reported at Tourmaline Beach in Pacific Beach.

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More information

San Diego Coastkeeper sdcoastkeeper.org, (619) 758-7743

Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter surfriderSD.org , (858) 792-9940.

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