Worldwide ocean cleanup collects 7.4 million pounds of trash

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 14, 2010 2:33 pm

We’re big environmentalists here at The Ski Channel. It’s not too surprising given how obsessed we are with mountains, snow…pretty much all things natural. So we loved hearing about the worldwide ocean cleanup that collected 7.4 million pounds of trash last year. 500,000 people volunteered at the 24th Annual International Coastal Cleanup, and The Ocean Conservancy  just released the stats from it. Get ready to be depressed, yet also happy that this much crud was cleaned up:

Volunteers found:

    * 336 marine animals, including 138 birds, entangled in marine debris–120 of the animals were still alive and released
    * 512,517 cups, plates, forks, knives and spoons–enough to provide a full set of dinnerware to over 100,000 people
    * 58,881 bottles of oil/lube–equivalent to the amount used to change the oil in nearly 12,000 mid-sized cars
    * 2,189,252 cigarette butts; and 26,617 condoms