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Litter Data in Virginia

Every fall, volunteers across Virginia participate in stream, river and beach cleanups organized by Clean Virginia Waterways and its many partners. Volunteers not only remove the litter and debris they find, but they also record data on "Ocean Trash Data Forms" supplied by the Ocean Conservancy.

Top Ten Litter Items from 2013 Virginia Waterways Cleanup (part of the International Coastal Cleanup)

Item
Number recored
Percent of total
1. Cigarette Butts
24,594
15.69%
2. Beverage Bottles (Plastic)
15,929
10.16%
3. Food Wrappers (candy, chips, etc.)
15,032
9.59%
4. Beverage Cans
12,419
7.92%
5. Grocery Bags (Plastic)
12,157
7.75%
6. Plastic Pieces
9,832
6.27%
7. Beverage Bottles (Glass)
7,157
4.57%
8. Foam Pieces
6,274
4.00%
9. Bottle Caps (Plastic)
5,996
3.82%
10. Other Plastic Bags
5,985
3.82%
Top Ten Total
115,375
73.60%

Read more in the Ocean Conservancy's report from the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup: 2014 Report: Turning the Tide on Trash.

CVW's historic data (going back to 2001) can be found by clicking here.

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