Litter Forum

TLF-logoPlastic litter in the Thames

Plastic litter is a major problem for any environment and the Thames is no exception. Larger pieces of plastic are being continuously rolled backwards and forwards by the estuary’s tidal movements and are broken down into smaller and smaller micro plastic fragments that are easily ingested by birds, fish and smaller species such as crabs.To tackle this problem of litter on the Thames, the Thames Estuary Partnership has set up the Litter Forum.

The Litter Forum aims

The litter forum meets quarterly. Litter and Thames organisations, university researchers and relevant authorities are part of the forum to maximise the work already undertaken by individual organisations and networks. The focus of the forum is on protecting flora and fauna, developing a Thames specific network and setting up an evidence group facilitating foreshore and water column research.

Terms of reference

The forum provides opportunities to:

– Share issues and challenges related to inherited litter on the Thames
– Share information, lessons learnt, case studies and best practices
– Bridge the knowledge gap through research, citizen science, collaborative work and engaging with regulators, local authorities, and others interested parties.
– Provide a collaborative environment to promote actions towards reducing litter on the Thames and maximise funding opportunities
– To have a membership that reflects the full life cycle of rubbish articles from production to user through to waste, recycling and litter (i.e. production and manufacture though to the user and remover which encompasses land based sources through the Thames to the sea )

Litter Forum Minutes

Thames Litter Forum March 2017
Thames Litter Forum May 2017
Thames Litter Forum July 2017
Thames Litter Forum August 2016
Thames Litter Forum May 2016
Thames Litter Forum February 2016
Thames Litter Forum October 2015
Thames Litter Forum July 2015
Thames Litter Forum March 2015
Thames Litter Forum December 2014
Thames Litter Forum October 2014

Litter Forum Member Chart

SectorOrganisation RoleRepresentative
BusinessClear Public Space | Association A Future Without RubbishManaging DirectorLuke Douglas-Home
NGO AcademicZoological Society LondonMarine Project Manager/Conservation Programmes Fiona Llewellyn
CulturalArtistIndependentMaria Arceo
IndustryBritish Marine Federation Thames ValleyHead of External RelationsBrian Clark
IndustryBritish Plastics FederationSustainability Issues Executive Helen Jordan
NGO CharityCanal & Rivers TrustWaterway ManagerJon Guest
GovernmentCentre for Environment
Fisheries & Aquaculture
Marine Biologist_Manager
Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Porgram
Thomas Maes
BusinessCross River PartnershipOperations ManagerCarol Quamina
Local AuthorityGreater London AssemblySenior Policy and Programme OfficerAdam Batchelor
CulturalHubbubFounderTrewin Restorick
AcademicKing's College LondonSenior Lecturer in Ecology Rob Francis
CulturalLondon AquariumConservation and Education AssistantBeth England
NGO CharityMarine Conservation SocietyLitter Policy OfficerSue Kinsey
AcademicNatural History MuseumResearcher Life SciencesPaul Clark
NGO CharityPaper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group,Sustainable Supply Chain ProfessionalElanor Swan
Recreational UserActive 360DirectorPaul Hyman
ConvenerPort of London AuthorityEnvironment ManagerTanya Ferry
BusinessRiz BoardshortsFounding PartnerAli Murrell
AcademicRoyal Holloway University of LondonHead of School
School of Biological Sciences
Reader in Aquatic Ecology
Dave Morritt
IndustryRoyal Yachting AssociationPlanning and Environmental ManagerEmma Barton
NGO CharityThames 21Deputy Chief Executive and Senior Programmes ManagerChris Coode
FacilitatorThames Estuary PartnershipCommunications & Support ManagerMeghna Shah
NGO CharityThames21DirectorDeborah Leach
GovernmentTideway Environmental Sustainability ManagerDarren White
GovernmentTransport for LondonOperations Support Manager/London River Services Gerard Morgan
NGO Charity EducationalWaterTrekFounderSeverin Vasselin
BusinessThe Whale CompanyChief WhaleCarolyn Newton
NGO CharityWorld Animal ProtectionCampaigns ManagerChristina Dixon
IndustryWRAPPackaging Program ManagerClaire Shrewsbury
IndustryPlastics EuropeResource Efficiency Senior ManagerAdrian Whyle

Litter Organisations

Thames 21
Marine Conservation Society
Keep Britain Tidy
Surfers Against Sewage
Kimo international
British Plastics Association

Current Litter Projects

OneLess for London

A new campaign to tackle the rising tide of single-use plastic water bottles. London alone drinks 2 million plastic bottles of water daily. TEP is working with partner organisations to make London plastic bottle free. Read more about the campaign here.

The Cleaner Thames campaign

The PLA is running the Cleaner Thames campaign to motivate Londoners to put their rubbish in the bin, not in the River Thames. In this video, Campaign spokesman Paul Rose visits Royal Holloway, University of London, to speak with researchers who have found that 77% of smelt have plastic in their bellies.

Marine Litter Action Network (MLAN)

This is UK wide aiming to bridge the gaps between NGOs, retailers and business. MLAN has agreed 10 initial actions which are currently being worked on. A briefing paper and action list will be disseminated in due course. Part of the work will look at existing evidence and any gaps with links to academia. MCS is the secretariat and will ensure close ties between MLAN and the Thames Litter Forum. MLAN 2016 Report

Your Tidal Thames

Catchment Plan incorporates action on Thames litter via Thames21 events.


Articles and reports on plastic litter

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