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Reporting your Thames litter clean-up

Reporting Your Thames Litter Clean-Up

So that we can gain a better understanding of how much litter is removed from the tidal-Thames by volunteers each year and where it is being collected from, we have created this page so that you can report your litter clean-up along with any data collected.

Please share details of your clean-up using the form on the right hand side of this page. If you have data from your clean-up recorded on a document, such as an excel spreadsheet, image file, PDF or word document, please send as an attachment to the following email address: environment@pla.co.uk

We will then collate this data and use it to help inform future clean-up effort along with action as part of the Litter Strategy for the Thames Vision.

Thank you in advance for your participation.


Consent for Litter Clean-Ups on the Tidal-Thames

If you are thinking about organising a litter clean-up event on the tidal-Thames foreshore, we would recommend in the first instance that you get in touch with the charity Thames21 who have been helping people run clean-ups on the Thames for a number of years.

If you intend to organise the event yourself, you will need to gain prior consent from our (PLA) Estates Department. You will be required at the least to fill out an application form and submit a risk assessment for approval. Please firstly email environment@pla.co.uk and someone will be able advise on the process.



The Thames foreshore is potentially hazardous and some dangers may not always be immediately apparent. The Thames rises and falls by over 7.0m twice a day as the tide comes in and out. The current is fast and the water is cold.

Anyone going on the foreshore does so entirely at their own risk and must take personal responsibility for their safety and that of anyone with them. In addition to the tide and current mentioned above there are other less obvious hazards, for example raw sewage, broken glass, hypodermic needles and wash from vessels. Steps and stairs down to the foreshore can be slippery and dangerous and are not always maintained.

Before going onto the foreshore consider:

  • sensible footwear and gloves
  • carrying a mobile phone
  • not going alone
  • the tide; is it rising or falling?

Always make sure you can get off the foreshore quickly – watch the tide and make sure that steps or stairs are close by.

Finally, be aware of the possibility of Weil’s Disease, spread by rats urine in the water. Infection is usually through cuts in the skin or through eyes, mouth or nose. Medical advice should be sought immediately if ill effects are experienced after visiting the foreshore, particularly “flu like” symptoms ie temperature, aching etc.