A survey by an environmental protection group showed yesterday that more than 50 percent of the garbage found on the nation's beaches was left there by beachgoers.
The results, announced by the Kuroshio Ocean Education Foundation, also showed that pieces of plastic, bottle lids and used fireworks were the most common beach garbage.
The foundation has been monitoring the beaches in Hualien, Taipei and Tainan Counties since 2004 and analyzed more than 75,000 garbage samples collected from these locations.
Trash dumped by the beachgoers accounted for approximately 53 percent of all the waste on the beaches.
This was followed by construction waste (32 percent) and trash from seagoing vessels (7 percent).