A family picks up trash on a beach near Toronto, Canada, as part of the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup.
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employees following a river cleanup in Atlanta, Ga. Last year, more than 24,000 Coke
volunteers cleaned up 1,300 miles of coastline in 27
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A young boy helps clean up a beach in
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
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Volunteers serve as 'citizen scientists' by cataloging every item collected.
Ocean Conservancy uses the data to produce the world’s only country-by-country, state-by-state index of the marine debris problem.