Shopping trolleys in the Thames – hazards for river users & wildlife

Three Caversham GLOBE activists resorted to a boat on the Thames in July 2012 with the aim of removing a wheelie bin and some shopping trolleys that had been spotted near Caversham Bridge. Over the course of the afternoon, with curious on-lookers, a total of 13 shopping trolleys were brought to the river bank as well as the wheelie bin. Some of the longer submerged trolleys were supporting river mussels, snails and weed. 12 of the trolleys were owned by Waitrose, indicating a problem that the Caversham store needs to resolve.  

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Waitrose trolley rescued from Thames July 2012

 

Waitrose trolleys on Thames side Prom July 2012