Dealing with plastic littering the UK’s waterways

Posted on 17 Nov 2017 and read 452 times
Dealing with plastic littering the UK’s waterwaysEnvironmental charity Hubbub (www.hub bub.org.uk) recently launched the world’s first punt made from 99% recycled plastic at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre in London.

Built to raise awareness of the growing levels of plastic pollution in Britain’s waterways, ‘Poly-Mer’ will be used to collect plastic litter from the Docklands area.

The recyclable material collected will then be used to build more boats, creating a “litter-busting fleet’ of vessels.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey MP boarded the boat for its maiden voyage, along with school-children from nearby Canary Wharf College and medal-winning British Paralympic sailor Alexandra Rickham.

Made from a hybrid composite material called Plaswood, it will continue to be used by the school-children and will be accessible to others for ‘plastic-fishing’ trips.

Trewin Restorick, chief executive and co-founder of Hubbub, said: “We built the ‘Poly-Mer’ to turn part of the problem into a solution.

"We hope it will raise awareness that everyone can play their part by tackling plastic litter closer to home, before it travels out to the ocean.”

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