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Paddle cleanup toolkit launched to help paddlers keep waterways clean

The Paddle Cleanup Toolkit has launched today to celebrate World Rivers Day! 

What better way to celebrate the day than do provide all the tips and advice you might need to keep your local river free from plastic pollution?

Paddle Cleanup Toolkit2

The toolkit has been designed and written with the help of one of last year's Women's Paddle Ambassadors, Clare Osborn of Clare Talks Rubbish. The information contained in the toolkit is pretty much everything you will need to plan and promote a clean up along the stretch of river or canal you paddle. It's a useful tool to any paddler, but especially clubs, centres and social groups who really want to look after the environment and places they love to paddle.

There’s also some activities and ideas in the paddle cleanup toolkit to extend your knowledge of plastic pollution and explore how we can all reduce our impact and get all members of your club involved!

Chantelle Grundy Access and Environment Officer says ‘We have supported our clubs and centres in their efforts to clean up plastic pollution by enabling access to cleanup equipment including gloves, pickers and bags.'

We really wanted to continue this support by providing a helpful resource with lots of tips and advice on how to carry out a paddle cleanup and also to encourage clubs and centres to begin to think about ways in which they can reduce their own use of single-use plastics to help stem the flow. ​

– Chantelle Grundy, Access and Environment Officer

If you plan your clean for October then by registering here with our partners Surfers Against Sewage for the Autumn Beach Clean Summit to Sea, not only will you have access to some essential equipment including pickers, gloves and bags, you will also be feeding in really important data, about the fantastic work you are doing in protecting our environment! And why is this important? Well, it not only highlights to government the huge amount of plastic pollution in our rivers and the issues this brings, it also highlights what a fantastic job paddlers do of cleaning up this pollution. Just imagine how much more we could do if we had access to all of our navigable rivers!

So please do shout about the fantastic paddle cleanups you are doing and Invite your MP  to join a national movement and show them why fair shared sustainable open access is really important for us all.

How you can get involved

1. Download and read the toolkit

2. Organise a clean up and promote it with the poster

3. If the clean up is between 19th - 27th October, register your clean here.

4. Invite your local MP along - to learn how, click here.

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