Environment Agency volunteers clear 100kg of rubbish from estuary

VOLUNTEERS from the Environment Agency have removed more than 100kg of rubbish from the River Orwell estuary during a day of Green Action.

The event was organised by

Dr Trevor Bond, fisheries team leader for the Environment Agency, as part of Defra's Year of Green Action (YoGA) initiative, which is encouraging staff across the country to make a difference in their communities. The day also coincided with the Great British Spring Clean – an initiative run by Keep Britain Tidy. The litter pick was an official Beachwatch

beach clean and

involved the collection, survey and weighing of litter over a 100m stretch of the Orwell Estuary.

Dr Bond said: "It was a really successful day and we were pleased to be able to remove so much rubbish from the environment.

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"I received a lot of support and guidance in organising the day from Lynn Allen at the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths AONB, and we’re also grateful to James Little at Priory Park for allowing to access the foreshore through the park’s land. "Across our 100m survey area we collected 32kg of rubbish – across the wider area that we litter-picked we collected over 100kg of litter, including an old bicycle, a large fishing net and several items of plastic, including a couple of traffic bollards." As part of YoGA, Environment Agency staff are also carrying out lunchtime litter picks in the public areas around their offices. One such session was held in Ipswich last week around the EA's Iceni House base, organised by the area's Green Action Group, and in just a short space of time the volunteers managed to collect 11 bags of litter, some of which can be


The Green Action Group has also set up a litter picker station in the office foyer for staff to carry out quick litter picks during their breaks.

The volunteers used this equipment, as well as additional

litter pickers and hi-vis vests donated by Ipswich Borough Council for the day. For

YoGA https://www. and find out how you can get involved.

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