Nearly 5,000 Pounds of Litter Collected During New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup

Shoes, a bed frame, a television, a backpack, fake nails, boxer shorts, a bed frame, a box of Special K and a bike seat… all of these items were found along local waterways during the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup this fall.

During the cleanup, which is held annually in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy‘s International Coastal Cleanup, nearly 1,000 volunteers descended on local beaches and along Great Bay to remove litter and record their findings. Removing litter helps make our beaches and waterways safer for wildlife and people, and recording data can help us learn about trends in marine debris and develop effective solutions.

The volunteers recorded 47,231 litter items and removed over 4,948 pounds of debris from 11 miles of coastline. This is an average of 450 pounds of litter per mile!

Below are the top ten items found during this year’s cleanup:

Item  Total
1 Cigarette Butts          25,706
2 Plastic Pieces            4,692
3 Foam Pieces            2,516
4 Food Wrappers (candy, chips, etc.)            1,717
5 Glass Pieces            1,700
6 Bottle Caps (Plastic)            1,219
7 Rope (1 yard/meter = 1 piece)            1,099
8 Other Plastic/Foam Packaging                955
9 Beverage Cans                801
10 Beverage Bottles (Plastic)                660

Thanks to all the volunteers, schools and businesses that participated!  Special thanks to:

Andy Schulte
Children’s House School
Dondero School
Dover Interact Club
Enel Green Power
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains
Graet Bay National Wildlife Refuge / Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership
Great Bay Gunners
Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Greenlands Association
Holy Trinity Church
Little Harbour School
Michael Toepfer
Newington Elementary School
Newington Elementary School
Nottingham Elementary
Oyster River Watershed Association
Pinkerton Academy
Sant Bani School
Souhegan School
St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Winnacunnet High School

Take Action:

If you’d like to sign up for next year’s New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup, e-mail us.  Throughout the year, we have monthly cleanups open to the public. Click here for our calendar.