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Recycled plastic kayak makes a splash in Lincoln
 

Recycled plastic kayak makes a splash in Lincoln

This summer, Anglian Water officially launched one of two kayaks moulded from recycled marine plastics in Lincoln, which will now by homed with the local RiverCare group along the Sincil Drain.

As part of the RiverCare and BeachCare programme, Sincil Bank RiverCare meet monthly to carry out river cleans, protecting local wildlife and helping to keep the banks of the drain litter-free. With the new kayak this group of diligent volunteers will have greater safe access to more areas of the drain, collecting litter in hard to reach locations to be disposed of correctly. 

At the launch in July, volunteers collected a whopping 20+ bags of rubbish, alongside removing around 50 Himalayan Balsam Plants, an invasive species which is infesting the banks of our waterways in the UK. Since then, events in August and September have yielded further 'treasures' including a mattress, school chair and traffic cone - as well as many more bags full of litter.

Photo by Nick Rawsthorne Photography, Lincoln

Nick Rawsthorne, a regular RiverCare volunteer and photographer for the Sincil Bank RiverCare and Litter Pick Group, expressed his delight for the efforts of all 28 Volunteers. ‘During the litter pick, we were delighted to launch the new Kayak donated by RiverCare & Anglian Water. This Kayak is actually built using recycled plastics, so it is actually good proof that if plastics are disposed of correctly, they can be reused into useful products, and in this case we can recover from the Drain even more plastic and other materials such as metals etc. The Kayak proved extremely easy to use and allows us to get into tight spaces and reed beds without damaging the local flora. I applaud all those who helped on the day, you did a grand job and Sincil Bank looks much better for your efforts.’

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 backed 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."

Photo by Nick Rawsthorne Photography, Lincoln

If you would like to see the recycled plastic kayak in action, check out the Sincil Bank Lincoln RiverCare and Litter Pick Group for more information and future volunteering dates, or email RiverCare@KeepBritainTidy.org to express your interest.