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The 2012 International Coastal Cleanup was a Great Success!

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2010 Washington, DC Urban Waters International Coastal Cleanup

On Saturday, September 15, 2012, Ocean Conservancy, with help from EPA and other sponsors, hosted the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). The ICC is an annual event that includes over 100 countries and territories bordering every major body of water on Earth. It is the world's largest volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment and collect marine environmental data from both land and sea. 

During the 2012 ICC, more than 500,000 volunteers removed 10 million pounds of trash from cleanup sites around the world. The top ten items found included cigarettes, caps/lids, plastic beverage bottles, plastic bags, and food wrappers/containers.  For more information about the 2012 ICC, please visit Ocean Conservancy's 2013 Data Release webpage. Exit EPA Disclaimer



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