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Going Coastal

Photo of children picking up trash on the beach.During the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup, 561,633 volunteers cleared 10,149,988 pounds of trash from 17,719 miles of beaches.

The finds included 40 lottery tickets, 117 mattresses, 236 toothbrushes, 2,492 sports balls, and 4,159 candles. The top four
items, numbering above a million each, were cigarette butts, food wrappers and containers, plastic bottles, and plastic bags.

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