Thames21 praises local volunteers as London Assembly report quotes Thames River Watch plastic bottle data

Date of release: April 13, 2017

The London Assembly’s environment committee launched its report today (April 13) on bottled water, urging Mayor Sadiq Khan to address the growing problem of plastic bottle waste in his upcoming Environment Strategy.

The report draws on research by Thames21’s Thames River Watch project which shows that 10 per cent of the plastic litter found on the foreshores is single use plastic bottles – 49 per cent of them being bottled water.

The report highlights that Thames River Watch citizen science volunteers found 2,500 bottles across 11 sites in one day last year on the Thames foreshores, in the first ever co-ordinated attempt to measure the problem.

Debbie Leach, Chief Executive of Thames21, said: “We’re pleased that we have been able to provide useful data for the report from our Thames River Watch programme.

“It is fantastic to see our citizen science research is being put to such good use towards debate among decision makers and helping to inform change and progress on this issue.

“We would also underline that if it wasn’t for London’s fantastic volunteers who have for years given their spare time to help at the charity’s river clean up events across the capital, London would be drowning beneath a mountain of plastic bottle waste.

“We share the Environment Committee’s view that a Deposit Return Scheme should be looked at as an important way of addressing the huge problem of single use plastic bottles ending up in London’s waterways.”

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