PLASTIC A BIG CULPRIT ON BEACHES

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WASHINGTON—Plastic products trailed only cigarette butts on a ranking of garbage collected at beaches and waterways during a nationwide cleanup sponsored by the Washington-based Center for Marine Conservation.

Cigarette butts accounted for 16 percent of the items collected but plastic products accounted for the next four spots on the list of the ``Dirty Dozen,'' with generic plastic pieces at 6.4 percent, foamed plastic at 5.5 percent, food bags at 5.4 percent and lids at 4.8 percent.

The results, based on cleanup and categorization by 151,000 volunteers in 48 states and territories in September, were released May 22 by the center.

Metal, glass and plastic beverage bottles took spots nine, 10 and 11, respectively.

The volunteers removed 2.9 million pounds of trash, but figures released by the center did not say how much, by weight, was collected of different materials.