Record Amount Of Trash Hauled From N.J. Beaches

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – It’s a dubious distinction for New Jersey.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell on the unsightly sands in Sandy Hook

Clean Ocean Action, an environmental group who has been cleaning New Jersey’s beaches for 25 years, said a record amount of trash was hauled from the state’s coastline last year.

The group says 475,321 pieces of trash were collected from 127 miles of shoreline.

Plastic products made up about three-quarters of all the trash collected. Some 61,895 plastic caps and lids were picked up.

Cigarette filters recovered hit an all-time high: 45,903.

There were plenty of personal items: 5,932 tampon applicators, 485 condoms and 347 syringes.

Among the more unusual items collected along the beach: a small bag of heroin, a gas tank, a scooter, candles shaped like people, a ballet slipper, a keg of beer, four televisions and a toilet seat.

What do you make of the items recovered? What should be done to help keep the beaches clean? Sound off in our comments section.

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  1. Sandy Miguel says:

    Jeez look at the amount of trash in there. This is really an eye-opener. Thanks for this entry. Something else that you should see for your research is this video on the GreenopolisTV channel. Check it out: http://youtu.be/xyH957EEXWE

  2. byebye bennie says:

    its all dem bennies ruining my home. bennygohome.com

  3. nyc says:

    No class, crude, animals from New Jersey. I must say that years ago the jersey beaches were clean and beautiful. What’s changed – the people !!

  4. NewYorker says:

    Sure it’s easy to blame NYC and not take responsibility for your own people’s FILTH. I got news for you, You Jersey slobs are no better..

  5. jerseyjoey says:

    Its NYC fault and the trash dumps on staten island and other areas that have land trash slides. As for trash on the beach its deliberitly left or tossed there by your Lazy New Yorker tourists that cant walk 10 feet to the trash cans, i have watched them bury trash under there beach towels from dirty diapers to food and empty containers, just dirty slobs they are no wonder NYC is a Sewer pit.

    1. NEW YORKER GOING H.A.M. says:

      THERE WOULD BE NO NEW JERSEY, IF IT WASN’T FOR THE NYC TRASH, CRASH DUMMY. FOR DECADES THE BIG CHEMICAL COMPANIES IN NJ USE NYC TRASH TO COVER THEIR TOXIC WASTE, WHICH IS WHY NEW YORKER’S DON’T DRINK NJ WATER.

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