Volunteers Clean the River

VOLUNTEERS GET TO GRIPS WITH RUBBISH AND WASTE IN THE CITY’S RIVERS…

Serve On, a local humanitarian response charity, has been working in local water courses over the last couple of days to remove waste and litter.

The team entered sections of the River Avon, in the city centre, using boats and waders to clear huge amounts of waste.

Some of the items they have already found include:

• Two bikes

• A patio heater

• Bottles

• Plates

• A gazebo

• Table legs

• Cones

Serve On split into two teams to carry out the first stage of the job on Thursday 6th August. One team entered an off shoot of the River Avon at Queen Elizabeth Gardens and waded through to Central Car Park.

The other team entered the river by Crane Bridge Road and went through to the Bishops Mill area. The rubbish was then collected by a landscaping contractor (Idverde).

Serve On will enter a further three areas of the river on Thursday 14th August – tomorrow.

A City Council spokeman said: “We encourage residents and visitors not to drop litter in our city’s rivers and open spaces. It has a huge impact on the environment causing harm to land and river life.

“Litter can hurt our feathered friends and pets, please take your litter home or dispose of it safely in one of our litter bins “don’t just drop it bin it!”

To read more about the project, please click on the link:

https://www.serveon.org.uk/news/clean-sweep

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