The Plastic Blitz

The Marlow Wombles, along with members of the Rotary Club of Marlow Bridge and Misbourne Matins, ran a litter pick from the Marlow Rugby Club to Hurley Lock on Sunday 18th September. 

This is a part of the Plastic Blitz – a Thames Valley wide campaign from Brentwood in Essex to Burford in Oxfordshire running from 17th to 25th September.  The campaign is organised by Thames 21 with the backing of the Environment Agency.  In total 23 Rotary Clubs from Brentwood, Staines in Middlesex and Clubs throughout the Thames Valley are taking part, along with 25 other environmental groups.

The Plastic Blitz, which is now in its 2nd year, is building a data base as part of an EU funded study into plastic pollution.  Along our own stretch of river we did a general pick along the whole length and analysed 2 specific stretches.  This is the second clean-up that Rotary Clubs in the Thames Valley District have organised this year, and it was noticeable that considerably less litter was collected, although there were a few ‘hot spots’.   One of the main reasons must be the Marlow Wombles with their diligent regular clean ups of our Town and river bank.  There is a tide of opinion to reduce plastic waste, and particularly single use plastic and one would hope that Marlow people are at the forefront of change.

The Marlow Wombles and the Rotary Clubs of Marlow Bridge, Henley-on-Thames and Misbourne Matins will be at the Marlow Carnival on Saturday 1st October, informing and encouraging people to help improve our environment.

For more information contact Brian Jonson

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