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 78 report forms completed by 362 cleanups organised in 2023

114 978Tobacco products with filters

13 140Pieces of plastic 2,5-50 cm

8 019Pieces of polystyrene 2,5-50 cm

6 228Fishing : nets and ropes (Ø < 1cm)

4 272Plastic bags and pieces

3 581Plastic bottle caps

2 698Glass pieces / ceramic pieces

2 488Food packaging

2 310Confectionery packets and wrappers

1 645Bottle caps