Trash is one of the most visible and most prolific threats facing our ocean today; it’s also one of the most preventable.
· Globally every year, millions of tons of trash—including an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste—flows into the ocean, entangling wildlife, polluting beaches, and costing coastal municipalities hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.
· At least 80 percent of ocean plastic originates from land-based sources.
•Give people something they can do
•Give people something they can feel good about
•Publicize the successes
The State of Hawai'i has participated in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) since 1988. This statewide volunteer program is overseen by Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful. The global ICC effort is coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy.