SANDY HOOK, N.J., April 20 (UPI) -- In two days in 2010, a small army of volunteers removed 475,321 pieces of trash from New Jersey beaches, 74 percent of it plastic, an environmental group says.
Clean Ocean Action reported Tuesday on the results of its Beach Sweep last year. The group said its volunteers set a record as they policed the beaches in April and October.
Plastic caps and lids were the most common item, with 61,895 collected, followed by 51,249 plastic pieces and 45,903 cigarette filters. The group said that in the 25 years it has been conducting the sweeps plastic has been rising as a percentage of the total to 74 percent last year.
Volunteers found a wide range of other items, including one kitchen sink, a bag full of illegal drugs, an antique sewing machine, a coin-sorting machine and several Easter eggs, including one containing $3.
The group released the report during a news conference at Sandy Hook. The first 2011 Beach Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, April 30.