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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 2014 Virginia Waterways Cleanup (part of the International Coastal Cleanup)

Item

Total Items

Total Percentage

Cigarette Butts

47,548

33.46%

Food Wrappers (candy, chips, etc.)

15,074

10.61%

Beverage Bottles (Plastic)

13,442

9.46%

Beverage Cans

8,697

6.12%

Other Plastic Bags

6,911

4.86%

Grocery Bags (Plastic)

6,566

4.62%

Bottle Caps (Plastic)

5,959

4.19%

Beverage Bottles (Glass)

5,626

3.96%

Straws, Stirrers

3,210

2.26%

Cups & Plates (Foam)

2,244

1.58%

Top Ten Total

115,277

81.13%

Read more in the Ocean Conservancy's report from the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup: 2015 Report: Trash Free Seas: Every Piece, Every Person.

CVW's historic data (going back to 2001) can be found by clicking here. Please use our data to find your own trends and solutions. Contact us if you need more detailed data.

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