Clear Plastic Bottles – the Running Total

44,700 pieces of plastic (the big 4 polluters) collected to date!

We’re aiming to pick up 100,000 plastic bottles, lids, cups, straws (and microplastics) from all around the globe – beaches, forests, road-sides, anywhere we find them. Why 100,000 – this is the number of sea mammals killed each year from being trapped in plastic or eating it.

We’re doing this as part of our UN Global Goals and The World’s Largest Lesson-inspired learning and ‘take action’ project we’ve called Clear Plastic UK.

Along with others who wish to help us reach our total, and do their bit for the planet, we’re making progress –  all of which is recorded below.

The hall of Fame

117 Beverley Beck
19.10.17 Got the kayak out again and picked up litter from a canal in Yorkshire. 117 to add to the total.

 

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5.11.17 Went for another paddle on the River Trent and collected and removed 137 pieces of plastic litter.
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An amazing 783 to add to the total from Newquay Beach combing.
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14.10.17 Another trip to Sherwood Pines to walk the trails and pick up the plastic litter. 257 to add to the total.
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24/09/17 After a run and cycle in Sherwood Pines, we picked up 183 pieces of plastic litter, mainly bottles and coffee cups left by people using the cafe.
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Thanks again to Jason Rawles for adding more to the total. Another 76 bottles.
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Trent litter pick 250
17.09.17 Collected litter whilst paddling along the Trent. Along with an array of bits and bobs collected 250 pieces of plastic.
Litter pick at the Good Life Exp 5
16.09.17 Inspired after the girls talked at The Good Life Experience festival, this little girl went and picked up litter at the festival and collected 5 pieces inc the bag. Super star!
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Jason Smith @ChallengerWSM. 3 men on a boat for four days collected 147 plastic bottles and 47 plastic bags.
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27.08.17 Another beach clean on Spurn Point. Collected 1186 pieces of plastic.
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25.08.17 Musselborough beach clean with MCS Scotland and Exxpedition. 100 pieces of plastic along with various other beach litter.
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24.08.17 A beach clean on the very popular and clean-looking Portobello beach near Edinburgh. Collected 207 pieces of the big four.
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23.08.17 Whilst walking alongside and paddling (both kayak and SUPs) on the Forth and Clyde canal we collected 86 pieces of plastic as well as many glass bottles.
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21.08.17 44 pieces of plastic litter collected in the school grounds of Mearns Primary after the girls had been in to do a talk.
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20.08.17 Joined locals Christina and Stella for the monthly beach clean at Arrochar, a village at the end of Loch Long that gets layers and layers of plastic dumped on it with each tide that comes in from the Firth of Clyde. Collected 2040 of the big 4 along with a lot more!
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19.08.17 Garelochhead – a village at the end of the Loch Gare where the tide washes up plastic on a daily basis. We collected 1189 pieces of plastic litter to add to the total.
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18.08.17 Family beach clean in Fairlie, Scotland – somewhere we passed through when walking the 100 mile Ayrshire Coastal path. Collected 42.
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Thanks to Dan and friends for picking up litter in Peterborough. Along with lots of other rubbish they collected 375 pieces of plastic to add to the total.
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15.08.17 Collected 263 pieces of plastic on Ayr beach (plus some unusual items!)
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13.08.17 Another canal. This time we collected 170 pieces of the big four plastic polluters.
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12.08.17 Returned to Cardiff Pointe to collect another 294 pieces of plastic litter.
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11.08.17 Joined Exxpedition and Keep Wales tidy for another litter pick event at Cardiff Pointe and collected 96 bags of litter! Reckon there was at least 1820 pieces of the plastic big four!
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09.08.17 Heading up the coast now and stopped to pick up litter in the Exeter canal. With two of us walking alongside and two in the inflatable kayak we collected 75.
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08.08 Managed to fit in another beach clean further up the coast from Plymouth. Can you guess how many?
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07.08.17 Joined Exxpedition and a group of local children to clean up the shores near Plymouth University Marine Station to collect 350 pieces of plastic litter (along with a lot of other stuff!).
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6.8.17 Arrived in Plymouth and did a local pick up in the harbour. Collected 36 to add to the total.
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6.8.17 Joined Plastic Patrol today and along with others on SUPs removed 64 pieces of plastic from the canal.

 

 

Luke Hull and son pick up 46
Look at that smile! Thanks Luke and Ollie for adding another 46 to the total.
Jason pick up 38
Thanks once again to Jason Rawles for picking up 38 pieces of plastic litter in his local area. Keep up the good work.

 

Trent litter pick 442
23/7/17 Picked up 442 (a fraction of what was there) by the River Trent
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Thanks to @ObanHopeKitchen for picking up 25 from a local beach

 

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July 2017 Skipton academy did a local litter pick and collected 887 pieces of single use plastic beverage items – taking us over a third of the way to the total!!
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14.07.17 A local pick of 167 pieces of single-use plastic
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09/07/17 Used the inflatable kayak again to collect 117 pieces of plastic (mostly bottles) from the canal in Nottingham
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25.6.17 Collected 22 bottles from the River Dove whilst out paddling.
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The Davies family astounded us again collecting 544 pieces of plastic!
Catherine Gemmell picked up 17 bottles during a recent beach clean.
Catherine Gemmell picked up 17 bottles during a recent beach clean.
Rebecca Brough picked up 2 bottles during a forest walk.
Rebecca Brough picked up 2 bottles during a forest walk.
Trent bridge litter pick 383
14.05.17 After a day at Trent Bridge watching the cricket we couldn’t leave without picking up some of the abandoned litter. Collected 383 bottles and cups and that was in only one stand.
Arnold pick up 82
14.05.17 Did another local pick up on the nearby streets. Collected 83 this time.
Davies family 172
14/05/17 They’ve done it again! Another wonderful collection of plastic litter from the Davies family. 172 pieces of plastic (along with a wheel trim, 2 beer glasses, 5 take away trays, 15 poo bags, 20 glass bottles, 87 cans and countless wrappings)

 

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07.05.17 Another big thank you to Davies family who collected a tremendous 72 to add to the total.
Arnold week 1 - 82
07.05.17 Sunday evening litter pick of the local streets and we found 82 pieces of plastic litter, mainly bottles and bottle tops.

 

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30.05.17 Thank you again to the Davies family for collecting another 136 pieces of plastic (34 bottles and 102 microplastics)
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29.05.17 Thank you to the Davies family for collected 19 pieces of plastic in 15 minutes!
Jason 238 pickup with number
30.05.17 Thank you to Jason Rawles for collecting 238 pieces of plastic litter in his local area.
Mum and Dad pickup 269
29.05.17 While the girls were away at Scout camp us parents went for a litter pick up along the local roads, collecting 269.
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A great haul from DOE girls Hermione, Helena and Charmaine – thank you!
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Thanks to Jo Royle for picking up 47 plastic items of beverage litter (amongst lots of other litter) whilst on a beach in Skye.

 

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12.04.17 Just a walk in the local area and we managed to pick up 220 pieces of plastic litter.

 

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Thanks to Gavin and Kate for collecting 19 whilst out walking the dog.

 

Kirsty Cavill 48 with number
Thank you again to Kirsty for another 48 towards our total.

 

Luke and Ollie 52 with number
Thanks to Luke and Ollie for collecting 52 plastic bottles whilst out on a canoe trip.
Newborough beach 152 with number
09.04.17 A beach clean whilst in Wales. 152 pieces found on Newborough beach on Anglesey.
Another fantastic contribution of 450 from Donna Rainey.

20 plastic items amongst the bags of rubbish collected during a beach clean. Thanks to Polly Small.

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02.04.17 Stopped at a layby on the A1 that had no bins and was covered in rubbish. Didn’t take us long to pick up 393 pieces of plastic.
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19.03.17 Thank you to Evie (@minimatthewsontour) for collecting 7 plastic bottles on a canal walk.
Thanks to @barefootaleks and runners @thebeerultra for adding 32 to the total whilst running their 6th lap.

A big thank you to the Wild Brothers for collecting 16 pieces of plastic litter.

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18.03.17 Another whopping collection of 1187 pieces of plastic at Spurn Point.
Another thank you to Donna Rainey for collecting 120 bottles on roads near here.

Thank you to Rozzy and the Duke Of Edinburgh girls who have collected 1200 so far this year. Keep up the good work!

Thank you to Lena in Garvagh who picks up litter 100m from her home and collected a total of 184 in 2016.

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13.03.17 Somewhere we often find litter is on the roadside, discarded by motorists. We managed to collect 1226 pieces of plastic litter by a busy road, taking us over a quarter of the way to our total!
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March 2017 – The Haynes family collected 1000 pieces of micro plastic on a beach in Spain during their family travels. A fantastic addition!
Rutland pick up 183 with number
11.03.17 Collected 183 pieces of plastic litter whilst cycling and running 17 miles around Rutland reservoir.
Jason's pick up 301 by lake Lyn with number
09.03.17 Fellow Get Outside champion Jason Rawles has done it again! Whilst out on a walk around Lake Lyn he picked up 301 pieces of plastic. Thanks Jason.
Banks family pick up 550 with number
The Banks family are travelling around Europe and, shocked by the amount of plastic on Greek beaches decided to do something about it, contributing 550 to our total. A big thank you!
Jan Wells 64 with number
Jan Wells (and her pooches) have been collecting litter since January and we are grateful for her contribution of 64 to our total.

Once again thank you to Kirsty Cavill for another 42 pieces of plastic litter found.
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Thank you to Jim Newman for the 1000 plastic pieces of litter that he’s collected on the roadside near his house.
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05.03.17 This was our two minute beach clean on Fraisthorpe beach. Amongst the pile of rubbish that we collected were 13 plastic beverage items.
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05.03.17 Another big thank you to Donna Rainey for collecting 750 plastic bottles as well as other litter on Magilligan beach in Northern Ireland.
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04.03.17 Amazing how much rubbish you can find at the side of roads. 914 pieces of plastic beverage litter in fact!

Sawston pick up 2nd March 60
02.03.17 A local litter pick along the road and by the river.
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Lizzie is one of the Kids Against Plastic Ambassadors and a fellow OS Get Outside champion. She collected 1000 plastic bottles when paddling by SUP the length of England.
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February – you can find litter everywhere. We collected 23 on our to the Excel in London when talking at the Oceans Festival.
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15th Feb Another 17 from Jason Rawles who’s aiming to collect 1000 by the end of the month!
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January The Outdoor Bloggers did a Big Clean Up week (20th – 27th January) and collected hundreds of pieces of plastic litter, adding 700 to our total.

 

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February A big thanks to Nick from Impact Marathon collected 8 plastic bottles littering Shivapuri National Park

Nikki Triggs 38 1st Feb with number
1.02.17 Thank you to Nikki Triggs and family for their 38 pieces of plastic litter collected during their January litter pick.
29.01.17 kirsty 26
29.01.17 26 more plastic bottles to add the total, thanks to Kirsty Cavill.
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29.01.17 Picked up 587 plastic items by a busy road and there’s still plenty more to go back for!
Donna 200 with number
28.01.17 Another fantastic collection from Donna of 200 plastic bottles collected by the roadside.

Big thank you to Mary-Ann Ochota, Joe and Meridith for their Christmas Clean up of 60 plastic bottles – another great addition to the total.
27 bottles Zoe Homes @spoldz on 28th
28.01.17 Another super contribution of 27 bottles from fellow OS Get Outside champion Zoe Homes (@Splodz).
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27.01.17 Amy and Ella picked up 5 plastic bottles and cups whilst out on an organised Ordnance Survey walk with fellow Get Outside champions.
Craft Invaders 24 pieces
25.01.17 Thank you to Craft Invaders for their latest litter pick up and another 24 to add to the total.
Four Acorns pick up of 14 plastric items 25th Jan with number
25.01.17 Four Acorns joined in the Big Clean Up and collected 14 plastic items whilst our on a walk. A big thank you.

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22.01.17 Family beach walk and managed to collect 159 plastic pieces of litter swept up on the beach
Jen and Sim 40
20.01.17 First day of the Big Clean Up and thank you to Jen and Sim Benson (@jenandsim) for collecting 40 plastic items (along with other rubbish) whilst out on a run.
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15.01.17 This is an amazing addition to the Wall of Fame. A big thanks to Donna and pals for their collection at Larne Lough.
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14.01.17 Thanks to @BareFootPhotographer and Eysa (the hound) for their collection of 43 plastic bottles from Scilly Rocks.
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08.01.17 @julndevon tweeted a photo of their liter pick with 11 to add to the total. Another big thank you.
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08.01.17 A beautiful walk in the woods spoiled by litter. Picked up another 49 to add to the total.

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02.01.17 – 25 plastic litter items collected by the Hull family (along with a load of other beach litter). A big thank you to them.
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02.01.17 – Surprising how much you can find on one beach. We didn’t even make it to the end of Spurn Point and collected 564 pieces. As well as this some other volunteers on the beach collected 200 – a big thank you to them.

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23.12.16 – 74 pieces of beverage litter collected in a festive beach clean. Another big thank you to Kirsty Cavill for six more
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4.12.16 Amazing what you can find chucked at the side of country roads! 273 pieces of single plastic bottles, lids, cups and straws.
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26.11.16 Picked up 22 bottles whilst out on a walk in the countryside. – most of which were found on the roadside.
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13.11.16 Thanks to Kirsty Cavill for her continued support with another 61 single use plastic bottles and lids to add to our total.
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06.11.16 Astrid Shepherd picked up 89 single use plastic beverage items (plus a couple of supermarket trolleys on the way!)
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13.11.16 – 94 bottles collected walking around London (note the Shard in the background!)
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3.11.16 – 30 bottles collected by Eddie the Hedgehog (mascot of Home Ed group, Daventry)
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10.10.16 – 98 pieces picked up at two service stations on the M6

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9.10.16 – 1,680 pieces picked up by Matt Heason and friends during a village clean up!
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6.10.16 – 101 pieces picked up around Blackshaw Moor

 

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507 pieces of plastic picked up while walking into Blackpool
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101 pieces of plastic collected during a walk around Liverpool.
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11.9.16 – 19 bottles collected on the way back from a Sunday lunch!

 

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11.9.16 – 7 MORE bottles collected by Kirsty Cavill!

 

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10.9.16 – 27 pieces of plastic collected from a beach in Anglesea (with Jason Rawles!)
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9.9.16 – 40 bottles collected by the awesome Polly Small and her son Frankie!

 

13th Beach Clean Denmark (83+69)
13.8.16 – 152 pieces of plastic collected on the North West coast.
5th August Rob (68)
5.8.16 – 68 bottles collected by Rob and his amazing son!
12th Aug 2min becah clean Denmark (13 + 22)
12.8.16 – 35 pieces of plastic collected during a 2 minute beach clean
2nd Aug Astrid (25)
2.8.16 – 25 more bottles collected by the amazing Astrid.

31 July Elizabeth Peters (12)
12 bottles collected by Elizabeth Peters
2nd Aug 2016 (46) Astrid
2.8.16 – 46 bottles collected by Astrid and friends.

18.7.16 – 29 pieces of plastic collected from a park in Arnold.
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14.7.16 – 147 pieces of beverage litter collected in different forests around Nottingham
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18/6/16 – 11 MORE bottles collected by the brilliant Astrid Shepard, with the help of Andy McLean, Jane Attard, Becky and Mark, Luke Hull and Ollie, Dave Selby and Max Gruening. Thanks guys!!!
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About 10 bottles picked up as part of the 2 Minute Beach Clean
Fraisthorpe 11th June 109
11.6.16 – 109 pieces picked up from Fraisthorpe beach
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10/6/16 – 28 bottles collected by the brilliant Steve Blethyn!!!
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30.5.16 – 191 pieces of litter found on Southport beach.
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8.6.16 – 98 pieces collected from Hornsea beach.
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23.5.16 – 36 bottles collected by Steve Blethyn!
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23.5.16 – 16 bottles collected by the awesome Eleanor Williams!

 

11 May Ben LAwers 27
11th May – 27 bottles, tops and lids collected on the way down from Ben Lawers.

10 May Drive to Maragowen 55
10th May – 55 pieces picked up from lay-bys on the way from Fort William to Killin.
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May 2016 – 9 bottles picked up by Michelle Williams. Thanks so much Michelle!

Ieva Balode Isel of Skye 22
May 2016 – Ieva Balode collected 22 bottles when on the Isle of Skye. Go Ieva!
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May 2016 – an amazing 201 items picked up by the YES Tribers during their microadventure on the Isle of Wight. Yay! – thanks guys!

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5.5.16 – 1201 pieces of beverage litter (in particular bottle tops!) collected from Strathclyde Country Park.
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May 2016 – 3 items picked up by the brill daughter of Eleanor Williams!
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3 bottles collected by Elise Downing during her (ongoing) around the UK run!

 

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2 bottles collected by Ieva Balode on Ben Nevis!

 

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4 bottles collected by Eleanor Williams.

 

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A baker’s dozen collected by the brilliant Astrid Shepherd!

 

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2.5.16 – 81 pieces of beverage litter collected from our Hadrian’s Wall Walk (Rickerby – Bowness on Solway)

 

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30.4.16 – 1.5.16: 38 bottles collected from along our Hadrian’s Wall Walk (Steel Rig – Rickerby)

28.4.16 – 3 pieces of plastic litter collected from along the Hadrian’s Wall Walk (Chesters Roman Fort – Steel Rig)

4 pieces of beverage litter collected by Aleks Kashefi.

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27.4.16 – 52 pieces of beverage litter collected from along the Hadrian’s Wall Walk (Wall Houses – Chesters Roman Fort)

 

171 pieces of plastic litter collected by Jason Rawles!

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227 pieces of plastic litter collected from the Hadrian’s Wall Walk (Newcastle – Wall Houses)

 

25th April 607
25.4.16 – 607 pieces of plastic beverage litter picked up from the cycle trail between Tynemouth and Newcastle.
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24.4.16 – 190 pieces of plastic collected from Whitley Bay.
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24.4.16 – An awesome 22 bottles collected by Elizabeth Peters.

 

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22.4.16 – 203 pieces of beverage litter (mainly bottles) picked up while walking the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.

22.4.16 – 7 bottles picked up by Jason Rawles.

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6.2.16 – 27 bottles collected from roadside in Tournehem, France
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8.2.16 – 20 bottles collected from roadside in Guignicourt, France
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22.2.16 – 16 bottles collected from cycle route to Aime, France
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24.2.16 – 21 bottles collected from cycle route to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France
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24.2.16 – 100 bottles collected by the Dyer Family in their local park
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25.2.16 – 6 bottles collected from cycle route to Bellentre, France
2nd March Bourg St Maurice
2.3.2016 – 70 pieces of litter removed during a walk in Bourg St Maurice.
Nice beach March 2016
9.3.16 – 300 bottles etc removed from the beach at Nice and recycled.
Fontvieille
11.3.16 – 7 bottles collected around our camping aire
St Marie Du La Mar
11.3.16 – 196 collected from St Marie Du La Mar beach
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12.3.16 – 50 bottles collected by Astrid Shepherd on her way home from work.
Villanova
15.3.16 – 245 pieces of plastic beverage litter (mainly plastic straws) picked up from Vilanova beach, Spain.
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17.3.16 – 154 pieces of plastic litter picked up by the brilliant Barlow family.
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17.3.16 – 89 pieces of plastic drinks litter picked up along the La Torre Del Sol beach, Spain.
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18.3.16 – 6 bottles removed from a coastal path in Alcossebre, Spain.
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30.4.16 – 17 pieces of plastic litter removed from Madrid’s Parque El Retiro
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22.3.16 – 134 pieces picked up in Benisassim
El Estorial 202
31.3.16 – 202 pieces of litter picked up near El Escorial.
100 pieces of plastic litter picked up by Kirsty Cavill over Easter
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02.4.16 – 301 pieces of litter picked up in Salamanca, Spain.
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3.4.16 – 7 pieces of plastic picked up by Jason Rawles and Sarah Stead
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4.4.16 – 360 pieces of plastic litter picked up at Tordesillas, Spain
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4.4.16 – 20 bottles picked up by the brilliant Polly Small and her eight year-old son. Great work!
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6.4.16 – 137 pieces of plastic picked up on Oyambre beach
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75 bottles collected by the super Alexandra Moyes and Chris Barnes.

Wed 6th Kirsty Cavill
6.4.16 – 9 bottles picked up by the awesome Kirsty Cavill
13th April Fretters 10 bottles
13.4.06 – 10 bottles picked up by Jo Fretter and daughter. Well done guys.
astrid and ruthie 17th April 16 bottles
17.4.16 – 16 bottles picked up by Astrid and Ruthie (aged 4) in separate locations but towards a shared cause.
Bridlington 19th April 209
19.4.16 – 209 pieces of plastic litter picked up near Danes Dyke.
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5 bottles picked up by Astrid Shepherd. Great job!

 

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Another 7 bottles picked up by Kirsty Cavill!

 

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A brilliant 28 bottles collected by Steve Blethyn.