News article created on 4 February 2020

All aboard the Litter Boat

We are in need of volunteers to help banish litter from canal in Birmingham

Narrow boat cruising down canal Litter Boat 'Aquarius'

We are calling for the people of Birmingham to join the fight and help eradicate litter and plastic pollution from our canals.

Using our very own electric litter boat named ‘Aquarius’, which has been a feature on our canal for the last twenty years, we are asking you to volunteer two or three days a week to help tackle the problem.

The impact plastic has on our waterways

Our volunteers work in teams aboard the boat or on the towpath, using long litter pickers to remove rubbish from the water which is then carefully recycled where possible.

Research shows that more than half a million items of plastic reach the oceans from our canals and rivers every year and we spend over £1 million a year helping to keep our canals free of plastics and other discarded waste.

Our mission

Sue Blocksidge, volunteer development coordinator at the Trust, said:

Birmingham’s canals are amazing places for both people and wildlife, so it is a real shame that some people don’t take their litter home with them or put it in a bin. At the Trust, we’re on a mission to eradicate litter and plastics from our beautiful canals for the benefit of local people but also for the wider planet. 

“If you want to make new friends, spend time on Birmingham’s waterways and do something amazing for the local community, we’d love to hear from you.

“Ideally we need volunteers who can dedicate a few days a week to help. So, if this is you and you want to get involved, please get in touch.”

For more information please contact Sue on 07917 585838 or email sue.blocksidge@canalrivertrust.org.uk