Do you know the 10 most common litter items found in our oceans?

Here, you can find all the figures reported back to us by Ocean Initiatives volunteers from their litter cleanups. These figures relate to Europe and are updated in real time. They highlight the main types of litter found on Europe’s beaches, lakes and rivers.

Based on 509 report forms completed by 1751 cleanups organised in 2022

497 240Tobacco products with filters

240 586Wet wipes

69 334Pieces of plastic 2,5-50 cm

28 787Fishing : nets and ropes (Ø < 1cm)

28 647Pieces of polystyrene 2,5-50 cm

25 077Plastic bags and pieces

22 569Bottle caps

22 280Glass pieces / ceramic pieces

21 602Food packaging

15 283Plastic bottle caps