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SBC Paddlers take on the Surfers Against Sewage Cleanup Challenge!

SBC Paddlers in Normanton on Soar, Leicestershire have completed a river clean up this weekend (12th-13th September) to take part in the ‘Surfers against Sewage Autumn Beach Clean- Summit to Sea.’

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Armed with 28 litter pickers, 17 members and 11 prospective members ranging from 10-70 years of age jumped into canoes and kayaks supported by British Canoeing and Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Over several hours and two days, the team covered 26km of the River Soar collecting eight sacks of rubbish plus a bike frame, styling head, flipper and foot pump from the section of river beween Zouch and the Eleven Arches, including the junction with the canal at Loughborough. 

SBC paddlers had worryingly noticed the progressive build up of plastic bags caught up and shredded into the trees and bushes on the riverbanks and became increasingly concerned for the impact on the river wildlife. Members put a focus on these ‘plastic trees’ and dedicated time to freeing the plastic and removing the litter to support the nesting wildlife.

SBC Paddler’s Treasurer Laura Brookes said: 

‘At the beginning of lockdown, as a Club, we noticed a big increase in the plastic and rubbish left on the river banks and in the river. 

One positive from this clean up is that the quantity of rubbish collected this weekend is half the amount compared to the 17 bags collected on the same stretch last year!

It was a very interesting weekend, and we will be continually working on the river to make sure it stays safe, beautiful, and free of pollutants and plastics! A massive thank you to all 28 members who got involved this weekend! We couldn’t have achieved it without you!

– SBC Paddler’s Treasurer Laura Brookes

A huge well done to the SBC paddlers for their monumental effort. Have you taken part in a cleanup recently? Send us some photos and a press release to [email protected] and don't forget to register your cleanup on our website too to win regular spot prizes!