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The 36 Most Ridiculous Things Found On New Jersey Beaches (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 04/19/11 03:05 PM ET   Updated: 06/19/11 06:12 AM ET

It's official, New Jersey beaches are filthy.

An environmental group called Clean Ocean Action has released its annual report detailing trash removal from New Jersey's 127-mile shore last year. 8,372 people took part in the clean-ups, according to MSNBC. The sweeps came back with an all-time record of 475,321 pieces of trash, some of which is almost too ridiculous to comprehend.

The report's "Roster of Ridiculous" often gets the most attention, providing examples of the most mond-boggling stuff found on the beach.

But the clean-up also tackled more common trash, the kind of stuff you'd expect to get left behind at the beach.


Plastics accounted for nearly three-quarters of the debris plucked from the beaches, with plastic caps or lids topping the list at 61,895. Miscellaneous bits and pieces of plastic were next at 51,249 items, followed by cigarette filters (an all-time high of 45,903), food wrappers or bags (43,113), straws or coffee stirrers (39,029), foam pieces (22,099), and bottles (18,212). Wood and lumber accounted for 10,384 items, followed closely by cigar tips (10,328) and shopping bags (8,619).

Check out the slideshow below to see some of the biggest, grossest, and certainly most ridiculous trashed picked up at the Jersey Shore.

Disclaimer: There are no Snooki jokes in the slideshow.

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  • A Bag Of Heroin

  • 1,673 Shotgun shells

  • A Kitchen Sink

  • Human Shaped Candles

  • 4 Televisions

  • 485 Condoms

  • A Car Gas Tank

  • Plastic Fingernails

  • 347 Syringes

  • 5,932 Tampon Applicators

  • A home Depot Apron

  • A Scooter

  • Ballet Slippers

  • An Unopened Census Form

  • A Beer Keg

  • A Can Of Corned Beef

  • A Bottle Of Syrup

  • An Easter Egg With $3 Inside

  • A Fire Extinguisher

  • A Toilet Seat Lid

  • An MP3 Player

  • A Japanese War Figure

  • 52 Car Batteries

  • 120 Egg Cartons

  • 601 Empty Bottles Of Suntan Lotion

  • 1,970 Cigarette Lighters

  • 6,159 Cups

  • 162 Discarded Diapers

  • 1,108 Shoes And Sandals

  • 2,175 Glow Sticks

  • 513 Motor Oil Bottles

  • 84 Whole Tires

  • 1,370 Aerosol Cans

  • 597 Fishing Lures

  • 1,305 Strands Of Fishing Line

  • 444 Beach Towels And Blankets