New York State Beach Cleanup

Sponsored by the American Littoral Society - Northeast Chapter

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Click here to see the results of the 2017 NYS Beach Cleanup


During the 2016 NYS Beach Cleanup 6,645 volunteers
in 24 counties removed 66,830.98 pounds of debris
along 233.68 miles of shoreline.


Below is a list of the top twelve (Dirty Dozen) items found during the
2016 New York State Beach Cleanup.


Dirty Dozen
Cigarette Butts47,720
Plastic Pieces26,607
Bottle Caps (Plastic)25,062
Food Wrappers (Candy, Chips, etc.)21,249
Bottle Caps (Metal)18,737
Glass Pieces16,881
Foam Pieces13,282
Beverage Bottle (Plastic)13,182
Straws, Stirrers11,127
Beverage Bottle (Glass)9,102
Other Plastic Bags8,316
Grocery Bags (Plastic)7,852
Beverage Cans7,437

To find out more about how the New York State Beach Cleanup works, click here!

Ocean Conservancy: Organizes/supports the state and country coordinators.
State Coordinator: Organizes the Cleanup at the state level.
Country Coordinator: Organizes the Cleanup at the country level.
Site/Beach Captain: Oversees the Cleanup at a single location/site