Lawn mower, Vishnu statue, cheese grater among N.J. beach trash in 2017

What do a human tooth in a box, Pepto-Bismol bottle, and an empty medical marijuana contained all have in common?

They’re just three out of 373,686 pieces of debris removed from New Jersey beaches last year by volunteer participants in Clean Ocean Action’s biannual “Beach Sweeps,” the state’s largest volunteer-drive environmental cleanup at over 60 shoreline locations.

According to the Sandy Hook-based organization’s 2017 Beach Sweeps annual report, 7,416 volunteers collected, tallied, and removed debris, with disposable plastic once again representing the majority of the total waste found.

Additional bizarre findings include a saw blade, a strobe light, two fire extinguishers, a statute of the Hindu god Vishnu, and a cheese grater.

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More than 112,000 volunteers have removed over six million pieces of litter over more than three decades.

The 33rd annual spring sweep is on Saturday, April 21. Click here for more info.

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