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For Immediate Release

May 23, 2014

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Nearly 12,000 pounds of trash collected from Rhode Island shores during International Coastal Cleanup in September

Cleanup across globe produces the highest total amount of trash ever collected in the event’s 28-year history and serves as a call to action

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The total amount of trash picked up during the 28th year of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) 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 this week. 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 Ocean Conservancy reported that 12,329,332 pounds of trash was collected along waterways by 648,015 volunteers during the Cleanup. They did this by walking 12,459 miles of shores and searching 455 miles of water.

In Rhode Island:

  • 1,188 volunteers participated in an ICC cleanup
  • 11,921 pounds of trash were collected and removed from the shorelines
  • 68.4 miles of shoreline were covered by volunteers
  • 87,477 total items were collected and documented
  • 73.6 items per volunteer, on average, were collected 

The 2014 Report, additional descriptions of items found, infographics, including the “Top 10 Items Found,” and state-specific information are available online at www.oceanconservancy.org

The 2014 International Coastal Cleanup

This year’s ICC will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and will be coordinated in Rhode Island by Save The Bay. 

"We're thankful to the previous State Coordinator, The Audubon Society of Rhode Island, for developing such a successful event," said Jonathan Stone, Save The Bay's executive director. "We're looking forward to continuing the tradition and working with the cleanup volunteers this September."

Sponsors of the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup in Rhode Island include: DuPont, Dominion, Denali of Wakefield, Liberty Mutual, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island. For more information on this year's International Coastal Cleanup, visit www.savebay.org/icc 

About Save The Bay

Founded in 1970, Save The Bay is a nonprofit member organization working to protect, restore and explore Narragansett Bay and its watershed. Save The Bay believes the Bay’s future depends on tomorrow’s leaders understanding how important the Bay is to our economy, environment and quality of life. The organization offers education programs to schools, community groups and the general public; protects Narragansett Bay by advocating for Bay-friendly legislation, reviewing permits and raising public awareness; and restores the Bay to full health through its extensive habitat restoration program.