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Freaky finds: litter collected by the Clyde

We’re revealing some of the freaky findings unearthed by our volunteer citizen scientists along the River Clyde.

Thousands of people have so far supported our Upstream Battle campaign with volunteers collecting litter and recording data on the types and quantities found in the Clyde river catchment for over 10 months.

Some of the weird and wonderful items that have been rescued from the river and riverside include a 4ft long decomposing python, Edwardian coins, a Jesters hat, an original Shrek VHS tape and coconuts.

Now, we are challenging you to recover and record even more freaky findings as part of our Upstream Battle Week of Action, 14-20 September. The most unusual find photographed and submitted on social media or to upstreambattle@keepscotlandbeautiful.org will be presented with a prize of a recycled plastic bench donated by Recoup and Berry BPI, one of the campaign funders.

The Week of Action will see litter picks take place every day so individuals, community groups and businesses can help reduce the amount of litter that reaches the sea from the Clyde and waterways which flow into it.

Paul Wallace, our Campaigns and Innovations Manager, encourages everyone to get involved: “We want to challenge everyone living along the Clyde to take part in the Upstream Battle Week of Action and help find, record and remove, the weird and wonderful ‘rubbish’, along with the mundane litter that people have carelessly discarded.”

“Upstream Battle is encouraging people to stop dropping litter, look after our river and ultimately protect our seas. Every drinks bottle or crisp packet picked up during the week of action reduces the amount of rubbish that could end up in our seas.”

Further information on how you can get involved can be found at: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/upstreambattle.

10 September 2019

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