The Jersey Shore is literally the end of the road for thousands of plastic items. Westerly winds carry balloons and bags from inland and they snag on native pine trees like rogue Christmas ornaments. They land on docks and light poles - the last impediments before the open ocean. Major waterways flow into the ocean, pulling plastic debris from storm drains along the way. Nets and fishing lines get left behind. Water bottles and other plastic debris end up in waterways, beaches, dunes and ocean. And, of course, hundreds of thousands of people stream to the beaches each year, leaving behind broken boogie boards, straws and hundreds of other items.