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Source: Northern Ireland – City of Derry

17 December 2020

Following months of online steering group meetings, the Riverine Environmental Project steering group members finally met up for a socially distanced litter pick.

They were joined by some of the project’s participants on the banks of the River Foyle close to the mouth of the old Strabane Canal.​

Between the group they collected 24 bags of rubbish, which was mostly made up of plastic drinks bottles. Some of the stranger finds included a football boot and a doll’s head.

Project Officer Allan Bogle said: “This was a great opportunity to meet in person and to do something positive for the environment. This part of the River Foyle is a real beauty spot however it is hard to ignore the sheer amount of plastic pollution along the river bank.

“It is important that we all realise that we play a part in this problem. By reducing the amount of plastic that we use and by getting involved in this type of environmental action we can make a real difference”.

The Riverine Environmental Project is funded by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

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