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Over 1,000 sacks of junk and plastic pollution removed from our blue spaces in 2021

A huge thank you to our volunteers who have dedicated their time this year to protect the places we paddle, removing more than a 1,000 sacks of junk and plastic pollution from our much loved inland and coastal waters this year. 

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Here’s a big shout out to the clubs, delivery partners, groups and individuals who logged a paddle cleanup with us to champion Clear Access Clear Waters:

Candy, Dave, Sarah J, Joe,  Matt, Mari-Liis, Emilia, Paul, Keith, Pete B, Tony G, Derek B, Chrissie P,  Team Marpa, Davies Family, Loch Ken Trust Ranger Ken and Steve W. 

Whoosh Explore Canoe Club

Kingston Kayak Club

Southampton Canoe Club

Lincoln Canoe Club

Colchester Canoe Club

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Hertfordshire Canoe Club

Holme Pierrepoint Canoe Club

Go-Godalming Youth Canoe Club

North East Sea Kayakers

Banbury and District Canoe Club

Water Wombles North Yorkshire

Southend Canoe Club

Sea Point Canoe Centre

Midland Canoe Club

Minima Yacht Club Kayakers

Royal Leamington Spa Canoe Club

Littlethorpe Community Association

Huntingdon Canoe Club

Bishop Auckland Canoe and Kayak Club

Epic Life

Exeter Canoe Club

Oshun Swim

Duchy College

Adventure Beyond

Fairlop Paddlesport

Runcorn Canoe Club

Strathspey SUP

Teignbridge Canoe Club

Deva Canoe Club

Go Kayaking

Llandysul Paddlers Canoe Club

Paddle Peak 

Chippenham Sailing and Canoeing Club

Jersey Canoe Club

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The top four offenders were once again single –use plastic bottles, cans, glass bottles and food packaging. 

And 2021’s most unusual finds were: 

A Fire Extinguisher

A 27 year old message in a bottle

A bath

A microwave

A golf caddy trolley

An inflatable flamingo

A crafting magazine

A kitchen chair

A cricket wicket

A police officers hat

And a Christmas bauble

The award for most trolleys recovered from our waterways goes to Kingston Kayak Club who pulled out 58 shopping trolleys from their local waters! And if that’s not amazing enough Dave Rawding Chairman of the club said ‘Our Action does make a difference and creates longer term improvements. After speaking to the manager of the supermarket from which we recovered 58 trolleys, they have changed their operating practices with ‘Trolleywise’ who are now doing twice weekly sweeps of the most problematic areas. This was a case of encouraging a change and working with them’-  great result Kingston Kayak Club!

And finally Lincoln Canoe Club worked with a local artist Nadya Monfrinoli and The Collection Museum to transform their single –use plastic bottles collected from their paddle cleanups into sculptures to highlight the issue of plastic pollution.

A BIG THANK YOU from the Clear Access, Clear Waters Team to everyone who has contributed to this huge effort, you are awesome!

If you have taken part in a paddle cleanup this year or plan to do one over the Christmas break please log it with us here to help us champion the case for fair shared sustainable open access to protect the places we love to paddle.