‘Plastic fishing’ event clears litter in Docklands

OVER 30 volunteers helped to clean up the water space in Docklands as part an of event run by the Canal & River Trust .

Volunteers included pupils from Canary Wharf College, who collected litter from along the water’s edge. Cans, food wrappers, a trolley covered in mussels and an iron were among the items found.

The team then got onboard Poly-Mer, a boat built out of 8000 plastic bottles by local organisation HubbubUK. Skippered by Paul Brew from City Sailing, the volunteers spent the afternoon ‘plastic fishing’ in South Dock.

They collected eight buckets of litter from the water, including plastic bags and a hard hat.

Ross Fogden, Canal & River Trust volunteer leader, said: “We’re really grateful to all the volunteers who helped us on the day, both our regulars and the pupils from the college.

“A big thanks go to the team from HubbubUK for lending us their amazing boat, and Paul from City Sailing for skippering it for us.

“It’s really important to keep the water in Docklands clean and as a charity we rely on local people giving up their time to help us. The issue of litter and plastic waste is rightly high on the agenda at the moment, plastic in the docks and river today could end up in the seas tomorrow, so to be able to have such a productive day is really positive. We’ll be holding events throughout the year, so I’d encourage anyone keen to help out to get in touch with us.”

To find out more about HubbubUK go to https://www.hubbub.org.uk/ and City Sailing at http://www.citysailing.com/