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Our impact

Since early 2008 we’ve been working hard to look after our coastlines. The numbers below show our efforts to date. Detailed breakdowns of our findings from each event can be viewed and downloaded on the relevant event page.
  • 74,573
    Event Participants
  • 185,178
    Presentation Views
  • 1,374,583
    Litres of rubbish
  • 60,898
    Trees planted

The Filthy Five

We work hard sorting through the rubbish we remove from our beaches to learn which types of products pollute the most. These are the most common items we find. The numbers below show how many of the worst offending products we’ve picked-up at our events to date.


  • Plastic Hands Photodegrade Tonga


    Plastic of unknown origin

  • Food wrappers


    Food wrappers

  • Bottle Caps


    Bottle caps and lids

  • Plastic Bag


    Plastic bags

  • Polystyrene Foam


    Polystyrene / foam

Our Findings

Interesting findings from our data, showing the most common categories of rubbish found by volunteers during our coastal clean-ups. Rollover or click on graph segments for percentages. See below for a full description of the types of rubbish that make up each category.

Household and Personal
Food Related
Fishing Related
Vehicle Related
Construction Related


Categories by litres of rubbish collected


Categories by kilograms of rubbish found

Item count

Categories by individual items picked-up


Household and Personal

  • Appliances (refrigerators, washers, etc)
  • Batteries (household e.g. AA)
  • Bleach/Cleaner Bottles
  • Cigarette Lighters
  • Cigarette Packaging/Wrappers/Butts
  • Clothing pegs / pins
  • Clothing, Shoes
  • Condoms
  • Diapers
  • Gardening related
  • Household (cosmetics, brushes, etc)
  • Light Bulbs/Tubes
  • Medical (asthma inhalers, packets etc)
  • Pens
  • Shotgun Shells/Wadding
  • Syringes
  • Tampons/Tampon Applicators
  • Toys (including balls, fireworks etc)

Food Related

  • 6 Pack Holders
  • Beverage Bottles (glass)
  • Beverage Bottles (plastic)
  • Beverage Cans
  • Caps, Lids
  • Cups, Plates, Forks, Knives, Spoons
  • Food Wrappers/Containers
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Pull Tabs
  • Straws, Stirrers

Fishing Related

  • Bait Containers/Packaging
  • Boat parts
  • Buoys/Floats
  • Crab/Lobster/Fish Traps
  • Crates / Buckets
  • Fishing Line
  • Fishing Lures/Light Sticks
  • Fishing Nets
  • Rope

Vehicle Related

  • Batteries (vehicle)
  • Cars/Car Parts
  • Oil/Lube Bottles/Cans
  • Parking tickets and receipts
  • Tyres

Construction Related

  • 55 Gallon Drums
  • Building Materials
  • Pallets
  • Plastic Sheeting/Tarps
  • Strapping Bands


  • Bags (paper)
  • Bags (plastic)
  • Cardboard boxes and packaging
  • Glass bottle pieces
  • Organic waste
  • Plastic resin pellets
  • Plastic of unknown origin
  • Polystyrene/foam