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Shore shame: Condoms, dentures among New Jersey beach trash

SANDY HOOK, N.J. - Condoms, hair extensions, a toilet seat, a pink lawn flamingo and two decorated Christmas trees were among the unusual items volunteers plucked from New Jersey beaches last year.

The Clean Ocean Action environmental group has released its annual tally of trash picked up by volunteers along the state's 127-mile coastline.

Plastics accounted for more than 52,000 of the nearly 219,000 items collected last year in spring and fall beach sweeps.

Also among the items were a set of upper dentures, a home pregnancy test (result unknown), a pitchfork, three mousetraps, a TV remote control, a fake mustache and a $10 bill.

Not all the items were left behind by careless beachgoers; some washed up from sewer system overflows during heavy rain.

Volunteers are still being sought for this spring's beach sweep, which is set for this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., on more than 70 beaches, including those in Atlantic City, Cape May, Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, and Wildwood. You can pre-register on the Clean Ocean Action's website.


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