Dirty Dozen Lists for Virginia

Prior to the year 2000, we listed the "Dirty Dozen." These are the top twelve items most frequently collected and recorded during the International Coastal Cleanup in Virginia. As you can see below, these twelve items account for more than 60 percent of the total debris picked up! These items are fairly consistent in their ranking from year to year.

1998 Dirty Dozen

Debris Items Total number reported Percentage of total collected
1. cigarette butts
8,074 17.17 %
2. foamed plastic pieces 2,581 5.49 %
3. beverage bottles (plastic) 2,526 5.37 %
4. food bags/wrappers (plastic) 2,514 5.35 %
5. plastic pieces 2,335 4.97 %
6. beverage bottles (glass)

2,149 4.57 %
7. beverage cans 1,863 3.96 %
8. caps, lids (plastic) 1,735 3.69 %
9. paper pieces
1,532 3.26 %
10. lumber pieces
1,211 2.58 %
11. cups (foamed plastic)
1,209 2.57 %
12. straws 1,048 2.23 %

Dirty Dozen Totals
28,777 61.21 %

1999 Dirty Dozen

Debris Items Total number reported Percentage of total collected
1. food bags/wrappers (plastic)
5,438 9.87 %
2. cigarette butts 3,853 6.99 %
3. beverage cans 3,235 5.87 %
4. beverage bottles (plastic) 2,890 5.25 %
5. straws 2,821 5.12 %
6. beverage bottles (glass)
2,794
5.07 %
7. foamed plastic pieces 2,724 4.94 %
8. plastic pieces 2,446 4.44 %
9. glass pieces
2,396 4.35 %

10. other plastic bags
2,277 4.13 %
11. cups (foamed plastic)
2,070 3.76 %
12. caps, lids (plastic) 1,661 3.02 %

Dirty Dozen Totals
28,777 61.21 %

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