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The Thames Litter Strategy


The River Thames is one of the world’s most iconic rivers and home to an abundance of thriving wildlife, including over 100 different species of fish, more than 300,000 over wintering birds and several thousand seals.

One of the ambitions at the heart of the Thames Vision, the shared stakeholders’ view of how the river will develop between now and 2035, is to see the cleanest Thames since the Industrial Revolution.  Reducing litter in the river has been identified as an essential part of achieving this goal.

Tackling this issue requires holistic action from the many organisations and networks involved in, and already striving to reduce the Thames litter problem.  The Thames Litter Strategy has been developed in consultation with organisations that are part of the Thames Litter Forum.

The Strategy sets out the context for future action on litter in the Thames environment and outlines the types of actions that the Thames Litter Forum will work towards over the next five years.

The Strategy builds on the work of campaigns including the Cleaner Thames, #OneLess and #ForFishesSakeLondon.

Find out more about the campaigns here:

Cleaner Thames - http://www.pla.co.uk/cleaner-thames/

Thames Litter Forum - https://www.thamesestuarypartnership.org/thames-litter-forum

#OneLess - https://www.zsl.org/conservation/habitats/marine-and-freshwater/one-less

#ForFishesSakeLondon - https://www.hubbub.org.uk/Event/ffs-dont-drop-litter

You can read the Thames Litter Strategy here:

Report a Clean Up

Progressively more communities are undertaking clear ups on the Thames.  So that we can gain a better understanding of how much litter volunteers remove from the tidal Thames each year we have created a page so that you can report your litter clean-up, along with any data collected.  Click here to report a clean up.