Thames litter pick highlights dangers to environment

Release Date: 07 June 2018

More than 130 bags of rubbish were collected by a team of 37 volunteers from the banks of the River Thames near Hammersmith Bridge last week.

The litter pick saw Richmond Council working alongside partners including Continental Landscapes, local environment groups and Thames21 to keep this stretch of the river clean.

Particular focus was placed upon collecting the most harmful of materials including plastic and wet wipes from the river, with volunteers also collecting two shopping trolleys, two tyres and a bike. All of the rubbish was bagged and collected by the Council’s waste collection service.

The pick up, organised by environment charity Thames21, is part of a wider River Watch project aimed at better understanding the health of the Thames, and helping to improve the local environment so that people and the wildlife can better enjoy the river.

Cllr Martin Elengorn, Cabinet Member for Environment, Planning and Sustainability, said:

“The river is such an important part of life in this borough and across London, but we appear to be taking it for granted by disposing of waste in such a way that it ends up in the river, causing damage to the eco-system around it.

“This pick up highlighted that we need to be more mindful of how we dispose of our rubbish, particularly wet wipes and other plastics, rather than flushing them down the toilet.

“It is great to be able to work with our local partners on these environmental projects. We know how important the river is to everyone in the borough and we all need to work together to protect and preserve its environment.”

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Reference: P282/18

Updated: 28 June 2018