Rubber alligator, grave marker found in NJ beach sweeps

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Volunteers collect trash along the New Jersey coast, where plastics topped the list of most-found litter. (Photo: Clean Ocean Outreach)

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP/PIX11) — As usual, plastics led the debris picked up during New Jersey’s annual beach sweep, environmentalists say.

But there were several unusual items found littering the Garden State’s coastline.

Among the offbeat trash was a rubber alligator, hospital bed, 20-pound dumbbell, grave marker, metal scooter, concrete weight on a rope, welcome mat, vinyl records, car transmission, refrigerator and a cash register drawer.

Clean Ocean Action said more than 6,600 volunteers removed more than 325,000 pieces of debris last year from the tip of Cape May to the Raritan Bay shore.

“The impact of Sandy was very evident,” the group said.

Twice the amount of lumber – more than 13,700 pieces – was collected in 2013 than was found in 2012.

Plastics, including foam, represented nearly 76 percent of the total waste found.