You'll find hundreds of waterside waste disposal facilities for waterway users, some with recycling facilities, along our canals and rivers.
Find your nearest recycling facilities when you're out and about with www.recyclenow.com. Simply pop in your postcode and it will tell you all about the facilities in your area.
If you've a smartphone you can download plenty of apps, which can point you in the direction of your nearest facilities. Try searching for 'Find Recycling' in your apps store.How to find rubbish bins on our waterways
There are a growing number of recycling points, but you can find all our waste facilities by zooming into your location on the map below. Click the red i icon on the bottom right to bring up the icons key.
You can also find details of local boating services on our Local to You pages.
Choose your fender wisely
While natural rope fenders are available, most boats tend to have fenders made out of plastic, whether it's a balloon, pipe, cylindrical shape, corner, chubby, anchor or buoy. At a recent lock stoppage, the boating team were amazed to count so many lost plastic pipe fenders lurking in the bottom of the lock.
A simple way to prevent your fenders adding to the plastic in the canal is to make sure you don't have them dangling when cruising, bow and stern fenders excepted. When your fenders are in use, normally only while moored up, ensure they are properly secured. Alternatively, why not consider changing to natural rope fenders?Get involved in litter picking
It's not just boaters' rubbish in the canal, sadly it's everybody's rubbish. Some is blown in from the streets and roads, and some is even fly-tipped into our treasured waterways.
Why not consider helping clean up by joining our volunteer Towpath Taskforce? There are groups based on waterways all over our network and they often organise litter picking sessions.
If you don't fancy taking part in an organised event, why not join our Plastics Challenge and pledge to do your own regular litter pick? Every piece of litter you remove is one less piece of rubbish that could potentially foul a lock gate, foul your boat's propeller, or make the bottom of the waterway too close to the top.