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Clyde's Freakiest Litter Finds

As part of our Upstream Battle Week of Action, we challenged everyone living along the Clyde to take part in a competition to find, record and remove the weirdest rubbish that had been discarded by the River.

The Week of Action saw thousands of people from communities all around the Clyde and surrounding waterways stop almost 400 bags of rubbish from entering the sea.

The winning entry, a throw-back to the 1980’s, came from Friends of the River Calder. Margaret Lindner found discarded cassette tapes alongside the river.  The group will be presented with a prize of a recycled plastic bench donated by campaign partners and funders Recoup and Berry BPI. 

Dr Susan Lindner-Kelly, Chairperson of Friends of the Calder commented, “'We are absolutely delighted to have won this wonderful prize. As an anchor group for the Upstream Battle campaign, we have totally embraced monitoring litter and keeping our area litter free. But we've got a nice litter problem - we aren't finding much of it anymore! So, we owe a big thanks to the wonderful people of Blantyre for keeping our woods clear. The litter we find these days is old as we need to hunt for it, hence the cassette tape! Margaret had to go off the beaten track to find that!” 

The Upstream Battle campaign, in partnership with RECOUP aims to raise awareness that waste from land is the main source of marine and coastal litter

Anne Hitch, Citizen and Stakeholder Manager, RECOUP, commented:  “Upstream Battle, Week of Action has highlighted the amount of plastics, metals and glass that are in our natural environment, and that without this intervention would have been there for many years to come. This material was prevented from entering our oceans by tackling the litter at the source and preventing it from migrating from our streams and rivers to pollute our Oceans.  

“The competition also further highlights how we need to move away from the make, use, dispose of society and give these materials the opportunity to be recycled so that they could have a second life. If we are to move to a more circular society we all, as consumers, need to value our resources and do our bit.” 

 Activities took place along the entire length of the River Clyde and over 3,000 people engaged with the campaign - from joining a Clean Up event, doing a #2minutecleanup, carrying out a litter survey or raising awareness and spreading the campaign messages. 

Paul Wallace, our Campaigns and Social Innovation Manager, said: “I would like to thank everyone for taking part in the Week of Action. Every volunteer who took part contributed to preventing a significant amount of litter from reaching our waterways and ultimately ending up in the sea.  

“I hope that many more people will continue to take part in Upstream Battle activities as the campaign continues. Protecting our seas starts on our streets and paths, and in our parks and open spaces. To make a real difference people need to change their behaviour, stop dropping litter and reduce the amount of rubbish that is entering our waterways.”  

Get involved, or learn more about Upstream Battle

21 October 2019

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