Join thousands of anglers campaigning against litter

Anglers Against Litter is the Angling Trust’s campaign to provide a voice for anglers to engage with the issue of litter and plastic pollution in freshwater and marine environments. It outlines ways in which anglers, fisheries and tackle retailers can get involved to reduce and remove litter from areas where they fish. In rivers, lakes, canals, sea or estuary, the damage caused by litter pollution is resulting in damage to wildlife. It introduces toxic pollutions to the water as well as being an unsightly addition to our environments. We are working towards finding solutions for these issues as well as working with industry to do more to tackle and reduce the problem of throwaway plastic. Please support our campaign – and let’s tackle litter together!

The Take 5 campaign is an initiative that everyone can get involved with every time they go fishing. The campaign is simple – take 5 items of litter home with you or spend five minutes to remove litter after fishing to help to remove damaging litter pollution from our environment.

The Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme is a national initiative aimed at encouraging anglers to recycle fishing line. Anglers can take their used or recovered line and spools to recycling bins located at fishing venues and in tackle shops or sending items by post to ANLRS.

Anglers Against Single-Use Plastic in the Tackle Trade highlights the issues with single-use plastic in the angling trade. By raising awareness of the potential harm to the environment, we hope companies will reduce the amount of plastic produced by the industry every year.

Reduce, reuse and recycle whilst staying at home – COVID-19 guidance for anglers and clubs

We recognise that the COVID-19 crisis presents unprecedented times for us all; having to get used to staying at home and not getting out on the water. Whilst we are all doing our bit to stay safe and safe lives, there are things you can do whilst at home or out for your daily exercise to help the environment.

1. Save old fishing line and spools to recycle through the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme

If you decide to respool your fishing line, rather than putting the line in the house bin keep hold of it. There are recycling line bins located at fisheries and tackle shops throughout the country where you will be able to take the line to be recycled after the movement restrictions have passed. You can find your nearest bin by typing in your postcode on the ANLRS website. Alternatively, you can post it directly to ANLRS: ANLRS c/o Tools n Tackle, 11 Bridge Street, Newhaven BN9 9PH.

2. Go litter picking whilst undertaking your daily exercise

Whilst you are out for your daily walk, run or cycle, why not take a bag with you so you can undertake an individual litter pick. If you pass any litter on your local route by picking this up you will stop that litter being blown down the drain or into your nearby water and from there entering the river and sea. If every angler collected 5 pieces of litter just once over the year, anglers alone could be responsible for removing some 15 million pieces of litter from the environment. So why not pledge to Take 5 over this time period, and undertake a litter pick whilst out on your walk.

We urge this should only be taken if it is safe to do so and you are able to do this whilst following the latest advice on our Angling Trust Covid-19 hub to keep you and others safe. As well as maintaining a safe distance between you and others, other key health and safety measures include:

  • Please wear gloves at all times
  • Please ensure that you have considered the weather and are wearing appropriate footwear and clothing.
  • Be aware of sharp objects such as broken glass and disposable BBQs. If possible these should be placed in a separate container rather than the litter bag.
  • Be aware of needles and syringes. Note the location but do not attempt to move these yourself. Contact your local council to arrange their safe collection and disposal.
  • If you are collecting litter near water bodies be aware of steep, slippery and unstable banks, uneven footing and fast flowing or deep water.
  • Keep hands away from mouth and eyes while litter picking
  • Wash hands and forearms thoroughly after the litter pick.
  • Always inform someone of where you are planning to go and when they should expect you back.

If you come across any hazardous items or fly-tipping please contact the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60.

The most important thing is for us all to stay safe at all time and take care of ourselves and those around us. Happy picking!

The Great British Spring Clean has been rescheduled – it’s now the Great British September Clean! It’s Keep Britain Tidy’s biggest environment campaign – and we want anglers, clubs and fisheries to help collect litter from beaches, rivers, lakes and canals. For more information contact AIFadmin@anglingtrust.net or the Great British September Clean website

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Watch the videos and support our campaigns to clean up litter

Still not convinced? Just look at the facts

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of litter found on our beaches is made up of plastics

years that heavy monofilament line takes to degrade

pieces of plastic litter found in every square mile of sea

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of litter washed up on the Thames is plastic packaging

Our letter to local councils

We’ve written to local authorities in England offering support to help them tackle litter issues and encouraging the widespread adoption of the Take 5 campaign by the public. This could be through placing banners or materials at key locations, social media initiatives or socially distanced litter pick events. Together, we hope we can reverse the tide on litter pollution and encourage a long-term change in behaviour to give the environment the respect it deserves.

Read our letter to local authorities

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