BRIDGWATER NEWS: Volunteers clear 1,220 plastic bottles from canal & towpath
FIFTY eco-warriors from Bridgwater came together last Saturday (September 29, 2018) and cleared 1,220 plastic bottles, 1,085 drinks cans and 240 glass bottles from the town’s canal and towpath.
The event was organised by a community action group called Rage Against Rubbish with the support of The West Country Branch of the Inland Waterway Association (IWA) and the YMCA.
Sarah Johnstone, from Rage Against Rubbish, which is based in Bridgwater, said: “Each month we organise a litter pick along the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal and compared to our September event we think we collected about 30% more litter.
“Other items we collected included a child’s scooter, a bike, a road sign, four road cones, a car wheel, a pallet, two cushions, two over shelves, two black bags of clothes and handbags and about 40kg of other waste such as plastic bags, crisp packets, dog poo bags, paper and card.
“This was an impressive haul of rubbish and we couldn’t do it without the support of our volunteers, the YMCA and the members from The West Country Branch of the IWA. A huge ‘thank you’ to you all.”
Rage Against Rubbish was formed by Dan Perry, his eight-year-old son Riley, Damien Vass and Jason Winter, all kayakers, who regularly paddle along the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal. They were fed up with seeing vast amounts of rubbish and discarded items in the waterway.
Sarah, who works for Porcupine PR in Bridgwater, is the fifth member of the team, who saw the appeal for volunteers on social media and wanted to get involved and now helps with publicity for the group with the support of her employers.
Sarah added: “We wouldn’t be able to host our litter picks without the ongoing support of The West Country Branch of the IWA and the YMCA. The IWA volunteers run a flat work boat with on-board rubbish, storage containers. The team then sort the rubbish and recycle it for us.
“The YMCA George Williams Centre kindly offered us the use of their double kayaks and Canadian canoes and life jackets for people to use free of charge.
“Our next litter picking event is on Saturday, October 27, and we are always calling for more volunteers to come along and give us a helping hand. People can find out more about our next event on our Facebook page.”
PHOTOS: Supplied to Bridgwater Press by the Bridgwater-based Rage Against Rubbish environmental group.