2018 1 Tonne sponsored River Plastics Clean-Up campaign

This year's 1 Ton campaign will focus on the chronic plastic pollution in the River Nene and River Ise. Following the recent Blue planet documentary on marine plastic pollution and its effect on life across our entire planet, we've decided that we are going to face this problem at source, by removing a 1000KG of plastic from the Nene valley and all its tributaries.  This problem is cause by people throwing plastic bottles etc on to the riverbanks and fields of our county.  It then often blows in to the waterways and eventually finds its way to the North Sea and wider oceanic system.  

If you think that this issue doesn't affect you or your children, then you are flat out wrong.  72% of UK tap water now contains plastic and it has even been found now in our fish and other supermarket food.  Wherever you bury your head, you can no longer escape our wholesale mismanagement of plastic as a material and the way in which we control our waste streams.  We have allowed Tesco, Asda and the others to put 'not currently recycled' on packaging and then get away with not paying their waste costs.  Supermarkets know this material is ending up in our rivers and countryside, but they are keeping quiet, purely because they think that they can keep taking their profits, without being helf responsible. Even when the plastic is recyclable, more than half of families can't be bothered to sort their rubbish and people litter with little fear of punishment or disapproval.  This must stop.

Only customers can change these greedy and conscienceless corporate polluters.  It is easier than ever to fire off a couple of emails on your phone, to the big 5 retailers.  However people are, it must be said, apathetic, comfort zone dwelling, zombies.  If it was up to the general public, we would all be drinking nuclear waste, if it depended on Mr Average actually doing something other than what he does everyday without looking up from his shoes.  Until an issue falls in their lap and shakes them out of their comfort zone of warm houses, central heating, supermarket food and takeaways, phones and tv, nothing will be done.  At some point in the UK, it became 'Normal' to do nothing, to be family centric, to tolerate litter and to pursue selfish goals, that only see ownership in terms of 'ME' and immediate family and friends.  Plastic pollution is a factual testament to the possibility of selfless people, acting completely selfishly, when viewed from the point of view of other species and our species as a whole.  We are all acting against our own interests, but because it isn't an impact that disrupts everyday life, we keep doing what we are comfortable doing.  

During 2018 we will try to reverse this trend, by cleaning up and recycling as much water born plastic in Kettering and surrounding villages.  Our strategy will be to concentrate on purely recylable plastic, which includes film, that is normally not accepted by councils, but which is taken and reused by the big supermarkets.  Even the ubiquitous McDonalds or Costa coffee cup, with its toxic plastic cup lining, will be collected and deposited at the coffee retailer for processing.  The event will run all year or until we hit our 1 Tonne target.  

The 2018 event will be sponsored to raise money for Animals in Need in Irchester, who do amazing work to put right the wrongs inflicted against defenceless animals.  Since we raised £500 during last years 1 Tonne for Nanna's, their arch nemesis, we hope to match that this year, so that they can maintain and improve upon their selfless voluntary work in our county.

To help us buy some River clean-up equipment or to pledge money for Animals in Need(leave a note during the Paypal process), so we can face this problem all guns blazing, please donate via our paypal link.

Go to paypal.me

All the best, Nick.  SeeItPickItBinIt Kettering Litter Action.

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Past Events

  • Mon 31 Dec 2018
    2018 1 Tonne sponsored River Plastics Clean-Up campaign
  • Tue 26 Jun 2018
    A14 Verges of insanity, you Crazy truck, dodging, mayhem litterpick
  • Wed 06 Jun 2018
  • Wed 30 May 2018
    Kettering Arena leisure village lake super pick
  • Wed 18 Apr 2018
    Slade brook clean up 9th pick 2018 1 Tonne River plastics clean-up
  • Wed 28 Mar 2018
    Slade brook Malham Drive to Leisure Village river clean up
  • Wed 14 Mar 2018
    Willowbrook lake and River Nene Thrapston mini litter pick
  • Wed 07 Mar 2018
    Burton pocket park mini pick
  • Mon 26 Feb 2018
    River Ise East bank clean up Barton Seagrave
  • Sat 27 Jan 2018
    Asda Kettering woodland winter clean-up
  • Wed 24 Jan 2018
    Ringstead mini pick
  • Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Cambridge line River Ise west bank clean up
  • Sun 24 Dec 2017
    2017 Ton of litter challenge
  • Wed 25 Oct 2017
    Kettering to Wellingborough A509 pick.
  • Wed 27 Sep 2017
    Barnwell Plantation, Pilton and Aldwinkle verges litterpick 2017
  • Sun 24 Sep 2017
    WDNAC Spinney Lakes mini-pick
  • Sat 23 Sep 2017
    ASDA Kettering Flytipping 18th 1 Tonne pick
  • Tue 05 Sep 2017
    Thrapston Drayton Estate Nene green corridor litter pick 17th 1 Tonne event
  • Sat 26 Aug 2017
    Malham Drive woodland clean up or Tidy up Asda's rubbish, because they won't! 16th 1 T event 2017
  • Wed 03 May 2017
    Northfield Ave Slade Brook corridor clean up 15th event in the 2017 1 tonne
  • Tue 18 Apr 2017
    Last pick A43 Corby link road, Kettering end 14th 1 tonne event
  • Mon 17 Apr 2017
    Wadenhoe reserve 13th 1 Tonne eventlitter pick
  • Mon 10 Apr 2017
    Pilton 12th pick 1 Tonne event
  • Sat 08 Apr 2017
    River Ise clean up Cambridge line stretch 11th 1 Tonne pick 2017
  • Thu 06 Apr 2017
    Corby link road penultimate pick 10th mini event 1 Tonne
  • Tue 28 Mar 2017
    Wadenhoe and Pilton quick pick 9th 1 Tonne pick
  • Wed 22 Mar 2017
    Kgh landfill pick 8th 1 Tonne event
  • Tue 21 Mar 2017
    Asda perimeter and Northfield Ave pick 7th pick
  • Wed 15 Mar 2017
    Kettering A43 link road 6th 1 Tonne pick
  • Tue 14 Mar 2017
    River Ise Barton clean-up 5th 1 Tonne event
  • Tue 07 Mar 2017
    Kettering A43 link road 4th 1 Tonne pick-middle stretch
  • Mon 06 Mar 2017
    Wadenhoe fishing 3rd litter pick
  • Sat 04 Mar 2017
    Great British Spring Clean 2nd 1 Tonne pick
  • Thu 02 Mar 2017
    A43 Link road pick 1st 1 Tonne pick
  • Wed 03 Aug 2016
    Barnwell country park and Dutchess lake pick
  • Tue 26 Jul 2016
    Ringstead WDNAC litter pick
  • Sun 24 Jul 2016
    Wadenhoe and Barnwell clean up
  • Sat 23 Jul 2016
    Wadenhoe nature reserve and Manor farm verges clean-up
  • Sat 23 Jul 2016
    Cobden Street rubbish
  • Thu 21 Jul 2016
  • Wed 20 Jul 2016
    Wadenhoe mini pick/illegal theft of fish.
  • Wed 06 Jul 2016
    Westfield Park mini pick
  • Tue 05 Jul 2016
    Wadenhoe clean up
  • Tue 08 Dec 2015
    Asda Kettering woodland winter clean-up
  • Wed 02 Dec 2015
  • Sat 28 Nov 2015
    2015 1 Metric Ton litter pick for KGH Charity Fund and KTDA
  • Thu 26 Nov 2015
    clearing other people's stuff up.
  • Wed 09 Sep 2015
    7TH Mini event-Slade Brook clean up
  • Wed 05 Aug 2015
    6th mini-event 1 Ton litter pick- A43 link road to Boughton House
  • Wed 29 Jul 2015
    5th Mini event in the 2015 1 Ton litter pick
  • Wed 01 Jul 2015
    2015 Spring Pick.-KGH 4th mini event-woodland pick.
  • Wed 24 Jun 2015
    1 Ton Litter pick 3rd sub-event
  • Wed 20 May 2015
    KGH 2nd 1 Ton mini-event LITTER PICK
  • Tue 21 Apr 2015
    Kettering Northfield 1ST mini-event 1 Ton litter pick
  • Mon 16 Feb 2015
  • Tue 11 Nov 2014
    Sixth Mini-Event in the 2014 1 Ton litter pick
  • Tue 28 Oct 2014
    5TH Mini-Event of the 1 Ton litter pick 2014
  • Mon 27 Oct 2014
    4th Mini-Event of the 2014 1 Ton Litter Pick
  • Fri 24 Oct 2014
    3rd Mini-event of 1 Ton Litter Pick 2014
  • Wed 22 Oct 2014
    2nd mini event of the 1 Ton litter pick.
  • Tue 30 Sep 2014
  • Tue 02 Sep 2014
    Wadenhoe reserve litter pick
  • Tue 25 Feb 2014
    Northfield Ave green corridor clean-up
  • Wed 26 Jun 2013
  • Thu 20 Jun 2013
    Boughton House wall clean-up
  • Wed 12 Jun 2013
    Kettering Angling association litterpick
  • Fri 01 Mar 2013
    Asda Kettering 2013 Spring clean.
  • Wed 12 Sep 2012
    Asda Kettering woodland litterpick.
  • Fri 03 Aug 2012
    Northfield Avenue summer spruce up
  • Thu 07 Jun 2012
    Wicksteed lake margins litterpick
  • Mon 28 Nov 2011
  • Fri 01 Jul 2011
    Wicksteed Park river clean up
  • Fri 10 Jun 2011
    Asda Kettering June clean up
  • Sat 26 Mar 2011
    ASDA litter pick

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