The independent coastal partnership, the Solent Forum, and the Environment Agency have launched an information hub for litter pickers. The hub covers the Solent, Hampshire and Isle of Wight coasts and the associated river catchments, including Island Rivers. The Solent Forum attends Island Rivers meeting to help to join up coast and river issues to take a wholescale approach to the management of water.
This web-based resource features guidance for new and existing community groups, including group links, information on borrowing equipment, litter recycling and disposal, and great local initiatives. Litter pickers can also join a Facebook page featuring news and local events.
The two-year initiative is part of a wider project funded by the cross-Channel Interreg Preventing Plastic Pollution project, which is made up of 18 expert organisations aiming to reduce the impact of plastic pollution in river and marine environments across southern England.
The online resources are being developed and hosted by the Solent Forum. As part of the project legacy the Forum will continue to maintain and develop the website and Facebook page in perpetuity after the project finishes in March 2023.