A buccaneering campaign to combat river litter

Ahoy me hearties, wish you could do more to #TreasureYourRiver? In 2019, our polling showed that 75% of UK adults wanted to do more to tackle marine litter. Over lockdown there has been a growing concern about the amount of litter in our public and green spaces which is likely to increase as lockdown restrictions are eased.

Hubbub have collaborated with organisations all around the UK to bring litter clearing activities to seven major UK rivers. We’ll be working along the rivers Avon, Forth, Mersey, Severn, Thames, and Trent, as well as their tributaries. Activities will be concentrated in cities based on these rivers.

Campaign activities

Captain our pirate ships

Help clean up littARRR, fish for hidden treasures and reclaim our shores with our remote control pirate ships. They sail along and eat any litter that lies in their path.

Plastic Fishing

Grab a litter pick, an eye patch and climb aboard one of the world's first 99% recycled plastic punts. You'll be taking the battle against litter to the water as you fish for plastic and other litter lurking beneath the surface. These unique litter picking trips show how ocean plastics are a problem that start at home.

Loot grabbing (litter picking) on land

There will be plenty of community litter picking and other events organised around the UK, by our partner organisations. Find out more below.

How to get involved

Members of the public in Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Salford can register to join a variety of events aiming to clear litter from their local waterways.

If you’re a business or organisation who wants to join the pARRtnership – get in touch to discuss how we can collaborate.

If you’re looking for other things you can do to Treasure Your River visit the website to find more tips and ways to get involved.


What's the impact?

The Rivers Trust will independently measure the impact of the campaign, using technology such as geotagging of litter reduction activities to create a map of the results of the nation's collective efforts. This will be shared with partners including the Marine Conservation Society to build a wider map of UK litter.