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RBC volunteers safeguard the Thames Estuary

Over 100 RBC volunteers returned to the Thames Estuaries at Erith with ZSL (Zoological Society of London) to take a survey of the plastic litter that ends up on the shores of the river

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London | July 24, 2019

Ready to clear the river’s edge, the volunteers collectively picked up over 1,700 plastic bottles from the reed beds that border this area of the Thames.

Compared to last year, there were much fewer plastic bottles picked up, however this could be due to a number of factors, such as weather and tidal flows can influence where the bottles and litter end up. We look forward to continue our work with ZSL to safeguard the River Thames.

The clean-up of the Thames is part of the larger #OneLess movement which aims to transform London into a city that is free of single-use plastic. According to ZSL, the average Londoner accounts for 175 single-use plastic water bottles each year. #OneLess works to ensure that the systems and infrastructure are in place across the city to support this vision.