A COMMUNITY litter picking group in Bridgwater will be linking with a national countryside charity this month (September, 2019) to provide evidence to convince the Government to adopt a bottle deposit return system.

Rage Against Rubbish will be backing the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s (CPRE) Green Clean initiative on its canal litter pick from the YMCA in Bridgwater on Saturday, September 28.

Sarah Johnstone, who lives in Bridgwater and is part of the Rage Against Rubbish team, explained,

“We’re excited to be linking up with CPRE for this campaign as we are supporters for the UK to have a bottle deposit return system.

“At our previous litter picks plastic bottles, cans and glass bottles make up the majority of the litter we collect along the canal. A bottle deposit return system would certainly boost recycling rates and help eradicate litter of this kind in our countryside.

“After our litter pick on Saturday, September 28 we’ll be counting all the bottles and cans collected with the help of the Inland Waterway Association (IWA) Somerset Volunteers to provide evidence to put pressure on the Government that is it vital we have a deposit return system.

“The small financial incentive from the scheme will mean we see less of this kind of rubbish in our green spaces. It has worked in other countries, so why not here?”

CPRE has 20 groups in partnership with other community groups and volunteers nationwide to clean up green spaces and the countryside as part of its nationwide Green Clean.

Becky Collier, Branch Manager at CPRE Somerset, said,

“It’s fantastic to have the support of Rage Against Rubbish and its volunteers to aid us with our Green Clean campaign in Bridgwater.

“Last year, Green Clean litter pickers across the UK collected hundreds of bags of litter and more than 11,000 drinks bottles and cans, of all shapes, sizes and materials. This not only helped to transform green spaces across the country, but also demonstrated that drinks containers of all kinds are left polluting the natural world supporting the need for an ‘all-in’ deposit return system.”

Rage Against Rubbish was formed by Sarah, Dan Perry, his nine-year-old son Riley, Jason Winter and Trev Vass, all kayakers, who regularly paddle along the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal. They were fed-up with seeing vast amounts of rubbish and discarded items in the waterway.

l-r Shane Austin, Dave Porcas and Dan Perry from Rage Against Rubbish getting ready for the CPRE Green Clean Litter Pick.

The Green Clean Canal Litter Pick will take place on Saturday, September 28 from the YMCA George Williams Centre on Friarn Avenue in Bridgwater. It will start from 9.50am and run until 12.30pm.

The Rage Against Rubbish Crew and volunteers will paddle and walk towards the docks and collect rubbish from both the waterway and the towpath. The community group has bin bags, litter pickers and bag hoops for volunteers to use free of charge.

Sarah added,

“We’re always looking for more volunteers and to entice people further The Purplespoon Café at the YMCA will give each volunteer who attends our litter pick 10% off hot food & hot drinks on September 28. We will hand out a voucher to each person when they sign on to the litter pick and it can be used before or after the event.”

The Inland Waterway Association (IWA) Somerset Volunteers support Rage Against Rubbish with its litter picks by supplying volunteers and a flat work boat with on-board rubbish, storage containers. The IWA volunteers also dispose of the rubbish removed from the canal and towpath. For further details about Rage Against Rubbish, please visit www.rageagainstrubbish.co.uk, email [email protected], follow the company on Twitter at @RageRubbish or log on to www.facebook.com/rageagainstrubbish/.

To find out more about the deposit return system, please visit https://bit.ly/2lzkhku.

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