Nearly 1,100 pounds of trash was cleared from the Lake Huron shore and Maitland River in last weekend's Great Goderich Shoreline Clean Up, and one item far outnumbered all others.
More than 175 volunteers set out last Saturday, to tackle the garbage and spruce up the shoreline in advance of the warmer weather.
Among the garbage they picked up were over 4,700 cigarette butts, far outpacing the 1,600 pieces of microplastics they found.
Rounding out the eight items most commonly found were beverage cans, plastic bottles, coffee cups, plastic bags, glass bottles and plastic cups.
The volunteers also recovered two dehumidifiers and a deep fryer.
The event is a partnership involving the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, Lower Maitland Stewardship Group, Maitland Valley Conservation Authority, Engage Goderich, the Rotaract Club, Maitland Trail Association and The Yoga Den.
Zehrs Goderich and Compass Minerals supplied the volunteers with hot beverages and a free barbecue lunch.