80% of plastic pollution found in oceans begins its journey in inland waterways.Greenpeace, 2019
Ocean plastics is a global crisis — one that may seem out of reach from our own neighbourhoods in Cheshire. But there’s a way that your small actions can make a difference, not just on your own doorstep, but a bigger difference for our beaches and oceans, even if we don’t visit them very often.
Start reducing the plastic waste you generate, that often isn’t recycled and may inadvertently enter our waterways from urban landfill, by making these plastic free eco-swaps.
Every single day 1,562 pieces of plastic leave just one river or canal and head to the sea
That means the River Dane, Dee, Mersey and Weaver and the Manchester Ship, Bridgewater and Trent & Mersey Canal each carries over 500,000 items of plastic to the ocean every yearCanal & River Trust, 2019
On average, there are 18 pieces of plastic litter for every 100 metres of canal and towpathCanal & River Trust, 2019
59% of litter found along canals is plasticCanal & River Trust, 2019
In 2019, the River Mersey was found to have the highest concentration of plastics in the UK — making it more polluted than the Great Pacific Garbage PatchGreenpeace, 2019