British Waterways have been responsible for caring for the 2,200 miles of Britain’s canals and rivers since it’s introduction in 1962. The organisation was set up as an Act of Parliament to protect the inland water network of Britain, which used to be as much a part of the UK’s infrastructure and transport network as the motorways are today.
As part of their ongoing responsibility to maintain the water network and ensure public safety for people and boats using the waterfront, British Waterways announced a new clean-up mission to address the issue of trolley dumping in Britain’s canals and rivers. Members of the public can either call the Trolley Hotline on 01923 201120, or use the form on the British Waterways website to report sightings of dumped trolleys.
In addition supermarkets are being called to action to reduce the amount of trolleys that are able to be taken in the first place, and will be shortlisted for one of two awards, a ‘Golden Trolley’ commendation for least trolleys retrieved, and a name and shame award, ‘Off Your Trolley’, for the supermarket that has the most trolleys pulled from the water over the course of a year. The aim of the initiative is to reduce the amount of public money – currently standing at £150,000 – that is spent each year on removing trolleys from the water; money that could be better spent enhancing the waterfront experience for visitors and wildlife.