If you see small debris, such as bottles, aluminum, or Styrofoam, remove the debris from the beach and recycle as much as possible. Larger, hazardous, or unmanageable debris could be a safety risk and should be left alone and reported to local authorities.
Some states have established toll-free phone lines for reporting all categories of marine debris, including potentially hazardous debris:
Hawaii: Call (808) 587-0400
Oregon: Call 2-1-1
Washington: Call 1-800-OILS-911
Marine debris items or significant accumulations potentially related to the tsunami can also be reported to DisasterDebris@noaa.gov with as much information as possible (including its location, the date and time you found it, photos and other relevant descriptions). It is important to remember that not all debris found on U.S. shorelines is from Japan or the tsunami, so please use your discretion when reporting items.