The Poly Roger
We all know that plastic is a threat to our oceans, but the issue can often start much closer to home with 80% of plastic in the ocean coming from land. In 2017, Hubbub and Canary Wharf College launched Plastic Fishing to raise awareness of litter, educate people about how it gets from land to the sea, and to most importantly, show people the issue first hand and help them take action. In 12 months the first boat, Poly-Mer, has taken over 1,415 people Plastic Fishing around London’s Docklands collecting over 1,500 plastic bottles and generating nearly £10,000 in donations for the College.
Bristol’s floating harbour lies in the city centre and covers an area of 70 acres. The history of the harbour as a trading port goes back to 1051, and it is now home to many iconic attractions including The Matthew and SS Great Britain. Monthly clean-ups already took place around the harbour, which often net a plethora of plastics from the water.
We worked with over 100 local school children to embark on a nine-day naval battle against littered plastics in the area. The week saw Poly Roger serenaded by a local school choir at its launch and a flotilla of ships in the harbour to create a fleet of plastic fishing vessels at a community action day.
Jack Hodgkiss, Project Co-ordinator, Hubbub
Just want to say a huge congratulations and thank you to all for how amazing the 9 days of Plastic Fishing have been in Bristol. It’s been amazing to see how everything has gone on social media!! So thank you for being so proactive – the amount of engagement and waste you’ve collected has been phenomenal!