25 July - Thames Data survey & litter pick
On Thursday 25th July, the hottest day of the year so far, Officers from Defra joined Plastic Free City supporters from the City of London Corporation, Rothschilds and Investec in a data survey and plastic waster collection on the River Thames at Queenhithe.
This formed part of our programme of events to celebrate #PlasticFreeJuly and formed part of the Thames 21 programme of citizen science in action. The information gathered contributes plastic pollution monitoring in the river.
Alderman Alison Gowman welcomed the teams to the event.
“The Thames is a vibrant working river bustling with a mixture of freight, passenger ferries, tourist liners and recreational craft. Thousands of people walk along the banks everyday enjoying the many venues and attractions.”
“The health of the Thames is an area for which we have specific responsibilities and we recognise the significant challenges including the highly visible and preventable pollutant of litter which everyday adds to the growing amount of litter in our seas and oceans.”
“We know there is a huge public desire to reduce the impact plastic is having on our environment and it is important that City workers, residents and visitors understand the impact and how they can be more sustainable.”
“Our Plastic Free City campaign will transform the way the Square Mile approach single-use plastics.”
The June 2019 newsletter can be found here
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The January 2019 newsletter can be found here
4 JULY - plasticS fORUM & nETWORKING eVENT
On Thursday 4 July, Nomura hosted our first Plastics Forum and Networking event with key note speakers from Imperial College, Thames 21 and the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators.
The forum and networking event was sponsored and hosted by Nomura at their offices in Angel Lane. Nomura are a key supporter of the Plastic Free City and holders of the Clean City Awards Chairman’s cup. David Crowley, Environmental Manager, Nomura welcomed the delegates and speakers to the forum .
Jeremy Simons, Chairman of the City Corporation’s Port Health & Environmental Services Committee welcomed everyone on behalf of the City Corporation to the first PFC forum, put the campaign in context and introduced the speakers.
Rob Casey posed the question, “Plastic water bottles: How did we get to where we are today?”
AJ McConville offered a view from the river.
Dr. Weston Baxter asked, “Who owns the transition?”
The presentations were followed by a panel discussion and Q&A Chaired by Jeremy Simons
The event was attended by representatives from businesses and we welcomed Alderman Alison Gowman and Alderman William Russell. It was followed by a networking session and the forum forms the first of series of forums looking at the challenges to reduce and eliminate unnecessary single use plastics.
The next forum - Tackling Plastics in business: the role of policy in delivering success - will be held in November and explore the types of policy, what is involved and the need for a champion to drive forward change.