South East Rivers Trust (& the Wandle Trust)

Preventing Plastic Pollution in the Medway

We are pleased to announce our new project – Preventing Plastic Pollution!

What is the Preventing Plastic Pollution Project?

Working in partnership with 18 organisations from across France and England, the Preventing Plastic Pollution Project seeks to understand and reduce the impacts of plastic pollution.

By taking a catchment-based approach and looking from source to sea, the project will identify and target hotspots for plastic, embed behaviour change in local communities and businesses, and implement effective solutions and alternatives.  

Preventing Plastic Pollution (PPP) is a €14 million funded EU INTERREG VA France (Channel) England Programme project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund which will work across seven pilot sites: Brest Harbour, Bay of Douarnenez, Bay of Veys, Poole Harbour, Tamar, Great Ouse and the River Medway.

You can find out more about the whole Interreg Project here:

So what will we be doing on the Medway?

With the funding from the Interreg Partnership and the Heritage Lottery Fund, we will be running a three-year programme of works and events on the Medway, all focussed on tackling plastic pollution.

Working closely with existing partners, an army of citizen scientists will be recruited and trained to undertake surveys quantifying the sources and pathways of plastic pollution.

Armed with this information, we will target pollution hotspots for community cleanup initiatives, trial some more innovative ways of removing plastic from the environment, and work with different sectors to reduce their plastic use in the first place.

We are very excited to start this project, the first step of which is to recruit our Plastics Project Manager.

Watch this space for news on this project over the next few months!