We're building the third Plastic Fishing boat using plastic fished out of the river Thames, and this time we're giving it away. Will your town be the next to run Plastic Fishing trips and cut litter from our waterways?

About Plastic Fishing

We all know that plastic is a threat to our oceans, but the issue can often start much closer to home with 80% of plastic in the ocean coming from land. In London alone, 300 tonnes of rubbish is cleared from the Thames every year, harming wildlife.

In 2017, Hubbub and Canary Wharf College launched Plastic Fishing to raise awareness of litter, educate people about how it gets from land to the sea, and to most importantly, show people the issue first hand and help them take action. Plastic Fishing was inspired by pupils, teachers and parents at Canary Wharf College who had heard about the approach from Amsterdam. We worked with the College to turn their idea into reality. In 12 months the first boat, Poly-Mer, has taken over 1,000 people Plastic Fishing around London’s Docklands collecting over 1,250 plastic bottles and generating nearly £10,000 in donations for the College.

The Plastic Fishing Tour

Littered plastic can be found in rivers and canals across the UK, and thanks to support from Starbucks and the Daily Mirror, we're launching and giving away a new Plastic Fishing boat.

We’re looking for four groups around the UK to win a week-long visit from the Plastic Fishing boat, to run Plastic Fishing trips to collect litter from a local river and canal. One of these groups will then be selected to keep the Plastic Fishing boat permanently, continuing the fight against litter in their local community.

How to apply

If you're a super keen individual who wants to see Plastic Fishing in your town, please email us telling us about your local waterway, who uses it, where it’s located, and any photos showing plastic pollution. You can also share pictures using #PlasticFishing.

If you're an organisation that'd like to win the Plastic Fishing boat as well as the week long visit as part of the tour, you can view and download the application formApplications closed on midnight, 8th February. 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your application, drop us an email. You can also read the full terms and conditions for the competition, here.

With thanks to the Mirror Group and Starbucks for supporting the Plastic Fishing Tour.