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Source to sea week success

Over 80% of marine litter originates from land-based sources. To raise awareness of this issue and to support our Upstream Battle campaign we held a targeted Source to Sea week as part of our national #SpringClean19 campaign. We called upon communities across Scotland to take part in a series of Clean Up activities, or arrange their own during the week of 4-10 May.

By taking part in Source to Sea week, thousands of participants were able to make a difference, not only in their local area, but by stopping litter entering local waterways and ending up in the ocean. Clean Up activities near waterways can prevent marine pollution even where they take place miles away from the ocean.

During the week, over 40 Clean Ups were held near canals, waterways and on beaches across Scotland with almost 2,000 people involved.

Hubbub’s Plastic Fishing Punt joined Source to Sea week

We were delighted to welcome and tour Hubbub’s ‘Poly Roger’ Plastic Fishing Punt along canals across the Central Belt of Scotland. Operated and supported by Scottish Canals, the ’Poly Roger’ began its journey at the Falkirk Wheel, heading west to Dalmuir Drop Lock.

During the week we took 85 ‘plastic fishers’ out on the punt. They collected over 52 large tubs of litter including nearly 700 plastic bottles.

Our plastic fishers included campaign funders, partners, celebrities and members of the local community. 

Intensive coverage of these activities through our communications channels and by those taking part allowed us to raise awareness of the growing levels of plastic pollution in Scottish rivers and canals, the pathway of litter from source to sea and encourage more people to recycle their used plastic. 

Canal Clean Ups

As well as the plastic fishing trips, we organised five events with over 20 McDonald’s stores across the central belt of Scotland. These events were open to the public and, alongside volunteer staff from McDonald’s stores, we welcomed other businesses, individuals and members from local community groups. Over 400 people got involved with these Clean Ups, helping us tackle litter around the Union Canal and the Forth & Clyde Canal.

These events made their way from East to West, starting in Edinburgh and ending at Bowling Harbour on the River Clyde.

Thanks to Scottish Canals’ B Hive Hub, we also had volunteers in canoes litter picking alongside the volunteers on the tow paths.

17 May 2019

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