Rotary Environment 1090 - Magazine - Page 51
IT’S NOT DIFFICULT TO ORGANISE A LITTER PICK
Find a suitable base close to the river bank and tow
path with space to erect a gazebo,(if possible but not
Contact your local council and get them on board.
They may well be willing to provide litter pickers and waste
Arrange for the council to collect the rubbish the
following day. Try to sort recyclable and non-recyclable
If you are on an area other than the river bank,
contact the land owner for permission.
This is a community event - so involve the
community by recruiting additional volunteer collectors
from outside Rotary ie local environment groups etc.
Don’t forget to involve Interact, Rotaract and schools. Sea
Cadets and Scouts can count this type of activity towards
their community service. Don’t forget the anglers, paddleboarders sailing and canoe clubs and other river users,
even the small boat hire companies.
Contact your local Lock Keeper - many will be keen
to help. The Environmental Agency are aware of the
project and have given their blessing.
If you wish to collect rubbish in boats, only small
boats under 7M long are permitted and buoyancy aids are
required. For kayaks/canoes and paddle boards a support/
safety boat should be provided,
Clubs will be responsible for overall management on their
chosen area. (We have identified all 1090 Clubs and their
relationship to the river / tributaries and suggested
groupings - these can be found HERE