Clevedon volunteers concerned high levels of litter being dumped in Land Yeo
PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 January 2018
An environmental group has raised concerns about the amount of litter being thrown into the main river running through Clevedon.
The Land Yeo Friends, a team of volunteers which protects and maintains the Land Yeo river, believes people are throwing rubbish off footbridges, which is causing it to build up and have a harmful effect on plants and wildlife.
The group, which has been operating since 2012, carries out regular clear-ups of the river and says litter is an increasingly common issue.
Chairman Geoff Harrison said: “We pointed out it was clear the various bridges across the Land Yeo were a major source of litter input to the river.
“The bulk of the litter finding its way into the river consists of plastic, tins, bottles plus various additional larger items such as traffic cones, bikes and supermarket trolleys.
“The Land Yeo Friends had noted during the clear up that as in all previous years the footbridge across the river which connects Strode Road to Penny Fields and then Churchill Road was a partcular hotspot for litter deposited on the banks.
“The litter finds its way into the river and the bridge is a source for direct throwaways into the river.”
Land Yeo Friends member David Robinson added: “Once again it proves Land Yeo Friends is doing everything in its power to improve the river and eliminate pollution.
“A way has to be found to cut out one-off plastic packaging at source.”
In November the group removed 10 large black bags of rubbish from the section of the river running from the scout hut in Southey Road to the outfall near Wains Hill.
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Plastic made up around 70 per cent of the litter removed from the river.
The Times is running a campaign to earn North Somerset Plastic-Free Coastline Status from charity Surfers Against Sewage.
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Residents are encouraged to get involved by cutting down on the number of single-use plastics they use such as carrier bags, straws, water bottles and takeaway containers.
To get involved in the campaign, search for Cleaner Coastlines: Weston and North Somerset Plastic-Free Coastline Campaign on Facebook.