More than 400,000 people around the world are expected to hit their local beaches Saturday for an international coastal cleanup.
Every year, volunteers find everything from household appliances to syringes in the sand. However, the number one piece of litter is cigarette butts, which accounts for more than a quarter of all the trash.
In second place, are plastic bags, they make up 12 percent of the garbage, but also kill fish, birds and other animals.
Food wrappers come in at number three. They account for eight percent of trash. Food wrappers don't decompose and float out to sea where they remain forever.
Ocean Conservancy Beach Cleanup
Saturday, September 19, 2009
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