Over 95% of Tybee beach trash is plastic!
Over 95% of Tybee beach trash is plastic!

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Total frequency distribution of beach trash by item for all beach sweeps where litter was counted and sorted, as of August 2017:

1. Butts & smoking related materials (packaging, lighters) - 75% of all trash

2. Plastic bottle caps

3. Straws & stirrers

4. Snack wrappers & food packaging

5. Styrofoam pieces

6. Paper & cardboard

7. Plastic fragments, all sizes

8. Aluminum cans

9. Plastic bags & baggies

10. Plastic bottles

Notes

- We've counted over 190,000 butts from Tybee's beach in less than 2 years and removed tens of thousands more that were not counted

- The Top Ten account for over 93% of all beach trash removed

- 96% of the Top Ten is made of plastic, including cigarette filters and styrofoam