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Because trash travels, we are all part of the problem—and the solution—whether
we live hundreds of miles inland or along the ocean's shores. This
year's Cleanup report examines the phenomenon of trash on the move to
and throughout the ocean, and the resulting impacts worldwide. Cleanup
data tell us that an estimated 60-80 percent of marine litter starts out
on land. Lakes, rivers, streams, and storm drains, helped by the wind,
transport litter hundreds of miles to the ocean. And ocean currents and
winds carry that marine debris all around the globe. Trash travels
through time as well; estimates vary, but some items may last hundreds
or even thousands of years in the water.
The data from the International Coastal Cleanup help provide a roadmap for eliminating marine debris by showing what is out there so we
can work together to reduce it at the source, change the behaviors that
cause it, and support better policies to prevent marine debris from
causing further harm to our vital ocean ecosystems.
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