Call Goes Out for River Litter Detectives

Volunteers invited to join September clean ups on Fulham's foreshore

Volunteers during a previous clean up
Volunteers during a previous clean up

Thames21, the charity dedicated to improving London’s waterways is inviting volunteers in Fulham to don their wellies and join in clean up events taking place along the foreshore in September.

The clean ups will take place at Broomhouse Dock, on the corner of Carnwath Road and Broomhouse Lane this Wednesday, 7 September from 4.30pm till 6.30pm and Sunday September 11 from 10am till midday.

They will be followed by a PlasticBlitz by Fulham Football Ground on Saturday 17 September from 1pm till 3.15pm.

Thames21 says, “Throughout the Thames basin, numerous grassroots community groups are hard at work raising awareness of plastic pollution, cleaning up their local area and lobbying corporations to reduce their plastic footprint.

“ The Thames & Tributaries Plasticblitz is an annual event that aims to engage as many community groups and Environment Agency teams as possible with taking part in a simultaneous litter pick and data collection activity around their local river.”

During the first Plasticblitz, held last year, a total of 6557 items of waste were collected from the Thames and its Tributaries, with 72% of this waste made of plastic. The worst offending items were drinks cans (941), plastic drinks bottles (819), cigarette stubs (626) and crisp packets (533).

This year, the challenge is on to beat those numbers.

There are two days this month when you can come to the foreshore to help out
There are two days this month when you can come to the foreshore to help out

Thames21 says, “ Both new and existing Thames21 volunteers are encouraged to attend and investigate plastic pollution on the Tidal Thames.

“ This event is suitable to anyone (over the age of ten with an adult) who has an interest in plastic pollution or if you want to help monitor and improve the Thames river.

“ Please make sure you have suitable footwear (wellies or boots) and weather appropriate clothing for the day.”

Find out more and book your place.

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September 5, 2022