Recycled plastic kayaks set sail in Colchester to help keep our rivers and seas clean

15 April 2019


Anglian Water will be launching its latest weapon to help wage a war on single use plastics and other waste which is polluting the East of England's rivers and seas during the Great British Spring Clean.


As part of its RiverCare and BeachCare initiative, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, the water company has commissioned a pair of kayaks to be made entirely from waste plastic collected from the UK's rivers and beaches.

The polluting plastic has been gathered, melted down and moulded to form the kayaks which will now be homed with the local community RiverCare group in Colchester and used on their kayak patrols to help keep local waterways clean.


The kayaks are to be launched during the Great British Spring Clean, which Anglian Water has joined forces with Keep Britain Tidy to support and which is taking place from 22 March - 23 April 2019.  The campaign looks to collect and safely dispose of litter, including single-use plastic, from streets, parks and beaches, and supports Anglian Waters pledge to become the UK's first water company to help rid the East of England of plastic waste by 2030.


This ambitious pledge by the water company will see Anglian Water join forces with a host of local businesses and organisations with the single aim of tackling plastic waste which isn't reusable, recyclable or compostable.

Anglian Water see first hand the problems caused by single-use plastics, in both their equipment and the environment; from blockages in pipes caused by people flushing the wrong things down the toilet, to litter washed onto beaches or thrown into rivers.


Regan Harris from Anglian Water said, "We already have a proven track record of standing against plastic wastefulness.  Our successful RiverCare and BeachCare programme, run in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy, sees volunteers from across the region coming together to rid their local rivers and beaches from litter and plastics. Over the past year, 45 groups have volunteered over 21,000 hours, collecting more than 50 tonnes of litter, much of it plastic from our rivers and beaches. These new kayaks will be a welcome addition to the team in their bid of keeping the rivers clear."


Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: "It is fantastic to see plastic being removed from our environment and being put to good use helping to protect our rivers and oceans from further harm.


"More than half a million volunteers are backing the Great British Spring Clean this year, saying ‘enough is enough' when it comes to the litter that blights our streets, parks and beaches, and the work of RiverCare and BeachCare continues this throughout the year, making a huge difference to the environment on our doorstep."