The Canal & River Trust has said that plastic is ruining the country’s rivers and putting wildlife at risk and that reported litter incidents have risen threefold in six years.
The trust, which manages inland waterways in England and Wales, said that it received more than 1,500 complaints of excessive litter and fly-tipping last year. Although the body spends about £1 million per year policing water waste, it admitted that “the problem seems to be getting worse”.
Plastic waste is particularly risky for water wildlife, because it floats rather than sinking to the bottom. Both swans and ducks are badly affected by the waste, which is harmful to consume and can be mistaken for good nest-building material.
The Sunday Telegraph – 1st April 2018 – ‘River wildlife at risk as plastic pollution mounts, charity warns’