Paddlefast fighting rubbish by teaming up with plastic patrol

We are delighted to be teaming up with Plastic Patrol to enable us to fight the scourge of rubbish taking over our waterways.

Plastic Patrol was set up in 2016 and has already made great strides to remove plastic waste from over 60 countries around the world. They combine community action with disruptive technology to gather important data for scientific research into waste that escapes into nature.

Those of you who have paddled with us (Paddlefast’s SUP Central Scotland) in the past know that we encounter huge levels of rubbish in and around our waterways in Scotland. Emma Hepplewhite, Paddlefast director, says, “It can really take the shine off an other-wise perfect paddle when you find bottles, cans and plastic floating or washed up on banks and beaches. We owe it to ourselves and future paddlers to get involved and clean up what we can.”

Paddle clean up in progress

Paddlefast’s SUP Central Scotland group arranged a couple of litter-pick paddles in 2019 and were ably assisted by shore crew and the team at the local Tesco Redding, near Falkirk. (see more) ***Facebook link***

We are provisionally looking at hosting an event on the Union Canal at the back of Tesco Redding again on 9th May to tie in with the Plastic Patrol mass litter pick, however, that is subject to the restrictions in place at the time to combat the corona virus. Keep an eye on our Facebook Events Page for details as they are confirmed.

However, YOU can make a difference now by downloading the Plastic Patrol App to your phone and using it to log any rubbish you find while you are out and about exercising (this can be water-based or land-based exercise).
Don’t forget to tag @plasticpatrol or #plasticpatrol when you share your photos on social media.

It’s time to step up! If you need help getting on the water, just drop us a line on 01324 861 756.

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