04 Apr '12, 12pm

Yuck. 1 million pieces of #food packaging littering world's beaches - and that's just for starters.

Yuck. 1 million pieces of #food packaging littering world's beaches - and that's just for starters.

© Shanti Persaud/Ocean Conservancy . Coastal cleanup in Jamaica. Nearly 1 million pieces of food packaging, more than 250,000 items of clothing, and enough light bulbs to replace every light on the Eiffel Tower -- that's just some of the detritus volunteers found among the 9 million pounds of trash they collected recently from the world's coastlines and waterways. The 2011 International Coastal Cleanup , organized by the Ocean Conservancy, saw volunteers scouring shorelines for garbage from the United States to the Philippines. The results of the cleanup, released last week by the ocean-conservation group, provide "a snapshot of what ocean trash is found along ocean and waterways throughout the country and world." © Ocean Conservancy . The top 10 items found -- cigarettes ; caps and lids; plastic beverage bottles; plastic bags; food wrappers and containers; cups, plates, f...

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