The Ocean Trash Index presents state-by-state and country-by-country data about ocean trash collected and tallied by volunteers around the world on one day each fall during Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup®.
Volunteers have collected data since 1986, and the numbers are used to raise awareness, identify hotspots for debris or unusual trash events, and inform policy solutions.
Cleanups alone can't solve this pollution problem. Nevertheless, the Ocean Trash Index provides a snapshot of what's trashing our ocean so we can work to prevent specific items from reaching the water in the first place.
Want to do more? Join the fight for a healthy ocean by taking the pledge to help turn the tide on ocean trash.