Careers   |   Contact Us
 

News & Blogs

Viridor take to canoes in the Big Taunton Litter Pick – and the images are shocking

November 16, 2018

Rubber ducks, a bed frame, broken umbrellas and traffic cones.

Along with an abundance of single use plastic and cans, these were some of items  which made up the considerable haul removed from the Bridgwater and Taunton canal on Tuesday. 

Viridor staff took to canoes, kayaks and pavements in a mission to clean the community as part of Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Big Taunton Litter Pick.

The shocking image above shows regular Somerset Wildlife Trust volunteer Shane Austin sat on top of items such as a bed frame and duvet which he rescued from the canal.

Ed Mitchell, Director of Environment & Sustainability for Viridor’s parent company, Pennon, said: “With our head office so close to the Bridgwater and Taunton canal, together with Somerset Wildlife Trust, we hope to inspire others to think about what happens to their waste.

“If placed in the right bin, many of the items we found, like single-use plastic, can be re-processed and given new life, instead of entering the watercourse, potentially ending up in our oceans and putting wildlife at risk.

“A big thank you to Somerset Wildlife Trust, who play an excellent role in protecting our community.”

Jolyon Chesworth, Nature and Wellbeing Manager at Somerset Wildlife Trust, said: “We are really pleased how many people got involved with our first Big Taunton Litter Pick and took ownership of their local green spaces, streets and workplaces, showing their passion for a cleaner, greener Taunton.

“Everyone can play a part in keeping our communities clean, attractive and happy places for us to live and work, as well as helping keep the urban wildlife which share these spaces safe too.

“Thank you to everyone who joined in and helped make the event a success.”

SHARE THIS


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please let us know you are a human by answering this simple question *

LATEST TWEETS

FOLLOW US @viridorUK

 

Education is key to many of the challenges faced within organisations. That's why Viridor offer in-house training,… https://t.co/ywvwLz1VxO

Have you got questions on how to reduce your #waste? ♻️ Check out our eBook for hints and tips! Just follow this li… https://t.co/vexGxcCnuR

A good explanation of how a deposit return scheme would work in the UK... ♻️💚 https://t.co/EvonFpZBH8

Confused about whether you can mix business waste? Learn more: https://t.co/Gxi21NmGcM #AnyWasteAnyWhere https://t.co/2RTQOWLJno

<% end_control %>