The Big Paddle Cleanup

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The Big Paddle Cleanup

The Big Paddle Cleanup is returning for two weeks of action to continue the mission to improve our precious blue places.

The Big Paddle Cleanup

In 2022, an amazing 1,200 paddlers took part in a bid to clear their local waterways of junk and plastic pollution, while raising more public awareness of the issue.

The response was incredible. About 700 huge sacks were filled containing 2,123 single-use plastic bottles, 1,476 cans, 831 glass bottles and 3,296 food wrappers.

This phenomenal achievement did not go unnoticed. British Canoeing and its community of paddlers were recognised at the inaugural BBC Sport Green Awards for our efforts.

We want the Big Paddle Cleanup 2023 (27 May and 11 June) to be even bigger.

Organise a paddle cleanup

Keeping your river, lake or canal tidy means that everyone can continue to enjoy these beautiful resources.

Here's how you can get involved:

  • Gather friends and family and plan a cleanup
  • Think about equipment (gloves, bags and hand sanitisers are essential)
  • Plan a date and time to meet
  • Let your local MP know (you can even invite them along!)

You can download the Big Paddle Cleanup starter toolkit here.