Plastic River Project - Reducing plastic pollution in local streams & rivers.

Plastic Rivers is an Earthwatch community project that provides tools and skills help communities to reduce plastic pollution in local rivers and streams. The 2020 phase of Plastic Rivers, will focus on reducing plastic pollution in the Blackwater, Hart, and Whitewater rivers in and around Surrey and Hampshire. In February 2020 we will hold information and training sessions (Monday 17th Heckfield Place Hotel or Saturday 29th at Hook Community Centre, Hook). In each session we will equip and train volunteers to collect important data on plastic pollution in study sites in local streams and rivers. In April/May 2020, a second round of sessions will be held to analyse and interpret the data acquired. This second session will be dedicated to co-designing, with volunteers, a local action plan of initiatives to reduce plastic pollution.

Working in pairs, volunteers will perform a monthly collection and analysis of plastic found along an area (approx. 5m in length) of river bank from one of the 3 rivers to which they have been assigned. The samples will be collected from the same area of river once a month, initially over a six month period. It is envisaged that the activity will take no more than an hour a month to perform. The volunteer(s) can choose when they volunteer during the month.


Passion for working outdoors.

IT literate.

Commitment to following our safety instructions and methods. 

Motivation to improve the natural environment.

As it is envisaged that volunteers will work in pairs this is a great role for couples, friends or small groups of students. We would also welcome volunteers from existing conservation  / environment groups or maybe local angling societies who regularly use the rivers and so are familiar with the areas.



  • Accessibility
    It is envisaged that as the role is outdoors in open countryside / riverbanks / bridges disabled access will be limited.
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Recruitment Process
    Informal discussion.
  • Training provided
    Two separate training sessions - initially In Jan/Feb 2020 with follow up training in May - dates TBC.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
    Public Liability Insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

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Availability Details

Activities include attending two training sessions (Feb and May) - Feb dates confirmed for either 6pm Monday 17th Feb at Heckfield Place or Saturday 29th Feb at Hook Community Centre, Hook. River sampling / science activities will have a monthly frequency and are flexible as to when undertaken. Each monitoring activity is performed in one of the study rivers and requires less than an hour's commitment per month. The project initially runs Feb 2020 to May 2020 but may be extended into Sept 2020.


River Hart
Areas along the river bank TBC
RG27 8SY

River Whitewater
Areas along the river bank TBC
RG27 9EH

River Blackwater
Areas along the river bank TBC
Shepherds Meadow
GU47 0FJ

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