Plastic waste in the River Thames at Strand on the Green attracts national media attention

Sky Sports News broadcast a series of live interviews with Paul Hyman of Active 360 and paddleboarders at Kew Bridge on Sunday to talk about the problem of plastic waste in the river.

Paul is behind the Responsible Pubs campaign to persuade pubs, especially riverside pubs, not to use plastic straws or glasses, which end up in the Thames, making the riverside look awful, polluting the environment and getting in to the food chain.

Active 360, who are based at Kew Bridge, organise regular litter picking sessions on the river by paddleboard and pick up bucketfuls of plastic waste. Paul says there’s been an increase of awareness of the problem over the last year but it was David Attenborough’s Blue Planet which has really focused attention on it.

If you’d like to get involved with the campaign, you can contact Paul on and if you’d like to report overflowing litter bins along the river side, you can contact Amritpal Mann, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Environment at

Thanks to Sky Sports News for allowing us to use their reports. Active 360 are members of The Chiswick Calendar Club Card and if you fancy trying out paddleboarding go here for a 10% discount.

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See also: Mass clear up of the river

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