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THE (DATA) STORY SO FAR

Analyses of the litter collected in the capture and cleanup devices installed at our network of participant sites across the Great Lakes!

The Bits & Pieces

Our waste characterization team sorts found debris into these categories:  

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Small Foam Pieces

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Small Film Pieces

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Small Hard Fragments  

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Small Pellets

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Large Foam Pieces

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Large Film Pieces

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Large Cans

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Large Fragments

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Large Food Wrappers

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Cigarette Butts

The Data so far

2021 Findings

Breakdown of Litter by Category

Average Amount of Litter Captured
per Device per Day

2020 Findings

Breakdown of Litter by Category

Average Amount of Litter Captured
per Device per Day

Lake by lake

The Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup is collecting plastic from all across the Great Lakes (check out our site network here!) As we collect more and more data, we'll be building up an increasingly detailed 'plastic profile' of each of the lakes, mapping trends for the different types and relative amounts of plastic in each. 

Find out the top 3 types of litter we have found in each of the lakes so far!

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Lake Superior

Lake Huron

Lake Ontario

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Small Foam Pieces

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Small Film Pieces

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Small Hard Fragments  

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Small Foam Pieces

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Small Film Pieces

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Small Hard Fragments  

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Small Foam Pieces

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Small Film Pieces

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Small Hard Fragments  

Interested to see the country-specific data? Visit the pages below:

By Marina

Click on the name of a marina to learn more about the litter we've found there!