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 257 report forms completed by 808 cleanups organised in 2024

120 624Tobacco products with filters

78 415Pieces of polystyrene 2,5-50 cm

65 867Fishing : nets and ropes (Ø < 1cm)

49 750Pieces of plastic 2,5-50 cm

19 608Plastic bags and pieces

18 267Plastic bottle caps

15 839Food packaging

10 824Confectionery packets and wrappers

9 712Shellfish aquaculture

8 510Glass pieces / ceramic pieces