New York State Beach Cleanup

Sponsored by the American Littoral Society - Northeast Chapter

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The NYS Beach Cleanup is now OPEN!!!



Click here to register or contact Lisa Scheppke at


During the 2019 NYS Beach Cleanup 8,960 volunteers
in 23 counties removed 62,966 pounds of debris
along 204 miles of shoreline.


Below is a list of the top twelve (Dirty Dozen) items found during the
2019 New York State Beach Cleanup.


Dirty Dozen
Cigarette Butts 68,273
Plastic Pieces 47,903
Food Wrappers (Candy, Chips, etc.) 32,154
Bottle Caps (Plastic) 28,506
Foam Pieces 19,036
Glass Pieces 17,652
Straws, Stirrers 15,957
Beverage Bottles (Plastic) 13,349
Bottle Caps (Metal) 11,019
Grocery Bags (Plastic) 8,134
Beverage Cans 8,041
Other Plastic Bags 7,341

To find out more about how the New York State Beach Cleanup works, click here!

Ocean Conservancy: Organizes/supports the state and country coordinators.
State Coordinator: Organizes the Cleanup at the state level.
Country Coordinator: Organizes the Cleanup at the country level.
Site/Beach Captain: Oversees the Cleanup at a single location/site