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 will be 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:

Litter Forum Member Chart

Thames Litter Forum Member Chart

SectorOrganization RoleRepresentativeContact  
Recreational_UserActive 360DirectorPaul Hyman
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,Sustaiable Supply Chain ProfessionalElanor Swan
IndustryPlastics EuropeResource Efficiency Senior ManagerAdrian Whyle
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 PartnershipMarine Litter CoordinatorKim Ferran Holt
NGO_CharityThames Estuary PartnershipDirectorPat Fitzsimons
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
Academic_NGOZoological Society LondonMarine Project Manager/Conservation Programmes Fiona Llewellyn

Litter Forum Events Calendar

Thames Litter Forum Events calendar

NameDateEventLinksVenueWho's involved
Maria Arceo Project Launch26 Oct. Maria Arceo will launch her Year of Plastics project., KCL, Maria Arceo, TEP
TEP Annual Forum 14 Nov.Annual Forum Sustainable Development on the Thames Ward House 5-7 Tavistock PLace - LondonThames Estuary Partnership

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) 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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