Fishing for plastic on a boat made from waste

June 23 2019
Fishing for plastic on a boat made from waste

VOLUNTEERS from a Fishponds anti-litter group went on a fishing trip in Bristol’s harbour – but it was plastic, not fish, they were looking for.

Members of the Fishponds Clean Streets group and writer Lisa Cole, who runs de-cluttering website less-stuff.co.uk, joined Bristol Waste Community Engagement Officer Jessica Tulit and Bristol Harbour Authority Marine Service Officer James Kemble for a plastic fishing trip on the Poly Roger, a 12-seater punt, made from 99% recycled plastic.

They came back with three buckets full of bottle and other plastic waste and their trip was one of 24 by the Poly Roger involving around 300 people during its stay in Bristol.

Some 36 bags of litter were collected, along with a scarecrow, inflatable saxophone, three traffic cones, a pink plastic fish and a stiletto heel.

The Poly Roger is only the third of its kind in the world and was created by environmental charity Hubbub.

It has been touring the UK to tackle and raise awareness of plastic pollution in our waterways.

Fishponds Clean Streets is part of a national network of volunteer groups called LitterAction.

The group meets around once a month on a Saturday morning to clear litter from various parts of Fishponds and is supported by Bristol Waste, who provide sacks for waste and recycling, and the loan of Hi-Viz vests and litter-picking sticks. Bristol Waste also collect the waste and recycling.

To join Fishponds Clean Streets, email FishpondsCleanStreets@gmail.com or via the group's webpage.