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Number of waste items types found along European coastlines 2020, by select country

Number of waste items found along the coastlines of select countries in Europe during the International Coastal Ocean Cleanup in 2020, by type

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Release date

September 2021



Survey time period

September 2020

Number of respondents


Supplementary notes

*Number of volunteers per country: United Kingdom - 1,902; Norway - 17,477; Spain - 985; Portugal - 634; Italy - 1,301; Germany - 369
**Other Trash refers to items that are collected by volunteers using the Clean Swell mobile app that do not fall in a specific category. These other items range in material type and size. Examples include indiscernible plastic pieces, clothing and metal pieces. Notably for 2020, it is likely that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items were logged in this category before a specific category was created for it on Clean Swell.

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