Most widespread items of beach litter collected in Italy 2019

This chart presents the ten most widespread items of beach litter on Italian beaches in 2019. Plastic fragments ranked first (11.3 percent of the collected items), followed by polystyrene pieces (ten percent). Plastic caps sticks ranked third, accounting for 9.6 percent of the items collected.
On 93 monitored beaches (over 396 square meters), volunteers found over 90 thousand pieces of waste, with an average of 968 items of waste per 100 linear meters of beach.

Most widespread items of beach litter on the Italian beaches in 2019

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Release date

May 2019



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* 93 Italian beaches were analyzed with the aim of recording the quantity and types of waste on shore.

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