In fact, after just one afternoon of litter picking a 50 m stretch of the Thames riverbank, they managed to fill up two huge cages of rubbish, including:
– 2 children’s pushchairs
– About 40+ items of clothing
– 7 traffic cones
– 2 chairs
– A fishing rod
– A tennis racket
The clean-up was organised by Thames 21, one of the UK’s leading waterway charities who work with communities across Greater London to clear rivers, canals, ponds and lakes of clutter for the benefit of people and wildlife.
The city’s river banks, which are exposed at low tide, are largely ignored by local councils who concentrate on the bit of land on either side of the water. Similarly, the port authority only focuses on the actual river, leaving a wide area uncared for with no one to clean it apart from Thames 21 and volunteers like our MTG UK team.