Over 90 % of Tybee beach trash is plastic!
Over 90 % of Tybee beach trash is plastic!

Beach sweeps by the numbers...

Through July 2019, we’ve hosted 50 beach cleans involving nearly 2,200 volunteers

In 2018, we held 71 beach cleanings involving 2,163 volunteers

In 2017, we held 65 clean ups involving 1,987 volunteers

In 2016, we held 47 clean ups involving 1,146

Types of trash we find...

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) - nearly 70% of all beach trash

2. Straws & straw wrappers & stirrers

3. Plastic bottle caps

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

11. Plastic beach toys

Notes

- We've counted over 300,000 butts from Tybee's beach in less than 3 years and removed tens of thousands more that were not counted; 245,500 have been recycled with Terracycle

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