Viridor staff take to water for Somerset litter pick

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Somerset Wildlife Trust volunteer Shane Austin uncovers the shocking scale of litter

Viridor staff took to canoes and kayaks to join a community litter pick across the Bridgewater and Taunton canal.

As part of the Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Big Taunton Litter Pick, Viridor staff joined volunteers to uncover rubber ducks, a bed frame, broken umbrellas and traffic cones in the water, which appeared clean from the outside.

Plenty of single-use plastic and cans was also found during the trawl.

Ed Mitchell, director of environment & sustainability for Viridor’s parent company Pennon, said: “With our head office so close to the Bridgewater 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.”


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