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Viridor take to canoes in the Big Taunton Litter Pick – and the images are shocking

16th November 2018

Rubber ducks, a bed frame, broken umbrellas and traffic cones.

Along with an abundance of single-use plastic and cans, these were some of items which made up the considerable haul removed from the Bridgwater and Taunton canal on Tuesday.

Viridor staff took to canoes, kayaks and pavements in a mission to clean the community as part of Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Big Taunton Litter Pick.

The shocking image above shows regular Somerset Wildlife Trust volunteer Shane Austin sat on top of items such as a bed frame and duvet which he rescued from the canal.


Ed Mitchell, Director of Environment & Sustainability for Viridor’s parent company, Pennon, said: “With our head office so close to the Bridgwater and Taunton canal, together with Somerset Wildlife Trust, we hope to inspire others to think about what happens to their waste.


“If placed in the right bin, many of the items we found, like single-use plastic, can be re-processed and given new life, instead of entering the watercourse, potentially ending up in our oceans and putting wildlife at risk.


“A big thank you to Somerset Wildlife Trust, who plays an excellent role in protecting our community.”


Jolyon Chesworth, Nature and Wellbeing Manager at Somerset Wildlife Trust, said: “We are really pleased how many people got involved with our first Big Taunton Litter Pick and took ownership of their local green spaces, streets and workplaces, showing their passion for a cleaner, greener Taunton.


“Everyone can play a part in keeping our communities clean, attractive and happy places for us to live and work, as well as helping keep the urban wildlife which shares these spaces safe too.

“Thank you to everyone who joined in and helped make the event a success.”


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