This is Kent Island Beach Cleanups-KIBCU second year participating in the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. The Ocean Conservancy partners with organizations and individuals around the globe to clean up the world’s beaches and waterways. Over nearly three decades, the annual International Coastal Cleanup has mobilized millions of people in the world’s largest volunteer effort for our ocean and waterways. On Saturday, September 14th, 2013 – Kent Island Beach Cleanups-KIBCU participated in the International Coastal Cleanup at Terrapin Beach Park in Stevensville, MD. With a total of 34 volunteers: 8 children and 27 adults between the hours of 8:30 am and 12:00 pm. We collected over 700 lbs of trash total with the top three items being cigarette butts, plastic bottles and cans.

The total amount of trash picked up during the 28th year of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup weighed more than 12 million pounds, the most ever collected in the event’s history, according to a report on the Cleanup and its data released today. This new total is an indicator of the tremendous amount of ocean trash found on shorelines and in the ocean and waterways around the globe.

The data were collected last fall during the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup, the largest annual volunteer effort aimed at improving the health of the ocean. While the report and the information it contains is a celebration of a truly international volunteer effort to rid the world’s beaches of trash and debris, Ocean Conservancy also is using this occasion to make a worldwide appeal to find solutions to stopping – at its many sources – the trash that ends up in the ocean.

“Ocean trash truly is a global problem that affects human health and safety, endangers marine wildlife, and costs states and nations countless millions in wasted resources and lost revenue,” said Andreas Merkl, Ocean Conservancy’s president and CEO. “At its core, however, ocean trash is not an ocean problem; it is a people problem – perpetuated by the often unwitting practices that industry and people have adopted over time. But I am convinced we can solve it if we have the audacity to confront the problem head-on.”

“Pollution is everyone’s problem. We have a responsibility as humans to care for our environment, its animals and marine life. We also have an obligation to preserve and conserve our precious waterways so that our children will be able to enjoy all of the beauty we have enjoyed growing up in and around the Chesapeake Bay. Getting involved is simple, easy and more fun than you may imagine. Bring your family and friends, and make a day out of it! If we can educate ourselves and those around us, we cannot possibly fail.”  – Kristin Cook, Founder and President of Kent Island Beach Cleanups, Inc.

From the shorelines of beaches and waterways, as well from the water, 12,329,332 pounds (5,592,491 kg) of trash was collected by 648,015 volunteers during the Cleanup.  They did this by walking 12,459 miles (20,058 km) of shores and searching 455 miles (732 km) of water.

Kent Island Beach Cleanups 2013 International Coastal Cleanup Totals:

–        Total of 5,113 items collected

Top 10 Items Collected:

Bottle Caps (Plastic) 628

Cigarette Butts 488

Beverage Cans 470

Beverage Bottles (Glass) 380

Bottle Caps (Metal) 379

Foam Pieces 370

Beverage Bottles (Plastic) 349

Food Wrappers (candy, chips, etc.) 304

Plastic Pieces 202

Straws, Stirrers 133

Breakdown of All Items Collected:

Cigarette Butts 488

Food Wrappers (candy, chips, etc.) 304

Take Out/Away Containers (Plastic) 53

Take Out/Away Containers (Foam) 61

Bottle Caps (Plastic) 628

Bottle Caps (Metal) 379

Lids (Plastic) 105

Straws, Stirrers 133

Forks, Knives, Spoons 84

Beverage Bottles (Plastic) 349

Beverage Bottles (Glass) 380

Beverage Cans 470

Grocery Bags (Plastic) 117

Other Plastic Bags 132

Paper Bags 94

Cups & Plates (Paper) 82

Cups & Plates (Plastic) 101

Cups & Plates (Foam) 69

Fishing Buoys, Pots & Traps 10

Fishing Net & Pieces 19

Fishing Line (1 yard/meter = 1 piece) 57

Rope (1 yard/meter = 1 piece) 13

6-Pack Holders 15

Other Plastic/Foam Packaging 59

Other Plastic Bottles (oil, bleach, etc.) 25

Strapping Bands 16

Tobacco Packaging/Wrap 21

Appliances (refrigerators, washers, etc.) 3

Balloons 21

Cigar Tips 63

Cigarette Lighters 22

Construction Materials 13

Fireworks 9

Tires 5

Condoms 0

Diapers 49

Syringes 0

Tampons/Tampon Applicators 28

Foam Pieces 370

Glass Pieces 64

Plastic Pieces 202

During the 2013 Cleanup:

  • The trash collected by volunteers would fill roughly 38 Olympic size swimming pools and is equivalent to the weight of 823 male African elephants.
  • The amount of fishing line collected would go up and over Mount Everest five times, and the number of bottle caps found would carpet three football fieldswhen laid side by side.
  • Enough items were found to furnish an entire studio apartment, including an air conditioner, sink, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, stove, oven, microwave, toaster, washing machine, couch, table and chairs, television set, DVD player, coffee table, rug, curtains, curtain rods, toilet, dresser, desk and a bed complete with mattress, mattress pad, box spring, bed frame, sheets, comforter, pillows and pillow cases.

“Recently, the tragic loss and subsequent search for the Malaysia Airlines jetliner drew the world’s attention to the large pieces of debris floating in the open ocean. Now, we have these data that show the vast array of trash along shorelines and in the coastal ocean, and this is only a small fraction of what’s out there,”   said Nicholas Mallos, Ocean Conservancy’s marine debris specialist and conservation biologist. “I believe these events often serve as a wake-up call that our ocean has become the world’s garbage pit and that nations, businesses, and individuals must work together to take the necessary steps to achieve trash free seas.”

The Cleanup is part of Ocean Conservancy’s larger strategy for Trash Free Seas (, and is one of the many ways the organization is joining with others to help find answers and solutions to address existing ocean trash and eventually stop its flow into the ocean. Other Ocean Conservancy-led efforts include:

  • A Scientific Working Group on Marine Debris at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), convened by Ocean Conservancy in 2011, has been collaborating to provide new insights into the scale, scope and impacts of marine plastics. This research is expected to result in a number of novel publications in peer-reviewed scientific literature, and it will help inform recommendations to policymakers and industry and guide future research on marine plastics.
  • Last fall, members of the Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Allianceconvenedto chart a course for possible interventions aimed at tackling debris at the source. During the meeting, scientists, industry and conservation leaders discussed the implications of the latest insights from the scientific community and defined three innovative work streams to confront marine plastics.
  • This past year, Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas scientists and program staff joined expeditions in Alaska and Maine to survey ocean plastics – in particular, to better understand the origins of debris and how and where it travels once it’s in the ocean.
  • In 2013, Ocean Conservancy partnered with the Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project and Wrightsville Beach—Keep It Clean in North Carolina to launch a pilot project to better understand and protect sea turtles from the dangers of marine debris littering nesting beaches. The project is expanding to nesting beaches throughout the southeast U.S. and Gulf of Mexico during the 2014 nesting season.

Additional descriptions of items found, infographics, including the “Top 10 Items Found,” and state-specific information are available online at For photos and B-roll, please call or email the contact listed above.


The Coca-Cola Company has supported Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup for the past 18 years. Last year, Coca-Cola activated a global employee engagement campaign to encourage participation in the Cleanup. Over 16,000 Coca-Cola system associates, their friends and families in 21countries volunteered, cleaning more than 250 miles of coastline. As part of its commitment to address global climate change, Bank of America has supported the Cleanup since 2002, with thousands of employees participating in Cleanup events all around the world. Other national sponsors include National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hollomon Price Foundation,Altria Group, Inc., The Dow Chemical Company, Landshark Lager, Glad, Brunswick Public Foundation, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations. For more information please visit:

Kent Island Beach Cleanups (KIBCU) is an organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the beauty of the beaches, parks, and estuaries of Kent Island, MD through regular cleanups, education, awareness, social and communal responsibility and advocacy. We organize beach and park cleanups on Kent Island the Kent Narrows, and have plans to expand in the near future. Our goal is to get our county as clean and debris-free as possible in addition to updated the trash receptacles, bringing recycling to our area and much more!