We hate litter. Not only does it look ugly, it’s harmful to the flora and fauna that we share our water with. Unfortunately, whether you swim in a river, lake or ocean, there’s almost certainly litter around, whether it’s been left there by inconsiderate picnickers or been carried in by the wind or currents.
As outdoor swimmers, we
literally immerse ourselves in the
environment. Encounters with litter
are at best unpleasant. They can
even be dangerous. So, this Easter,
let’s clean up and make swimming
outdoors better for everyone.
What do you need?
- Bin liner
- Thick gloves (for safety) and/or litter picker device
- Stout shoes (in case you stand on broken glass)
- Camera or smart phone
What to do
We recommend collecting rubbish on
land next to your swim spot rather than going into the water. If you
can remove rubbish from the water
safely using a litter picker, that’s also
fine. Collect as much as you can in 10
minutes (feel free to spend more time
if you like), bag it up in bin liners and
dispose of it properly.
We’d like to share our spring clean
as much as possible on social media
so please take before and after
pictures as well as pictures of what
you collect and especially any unusual
items. Please post these on our
Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OutdoorSwimmerMagazine), Tweet
them to us at @outdoor_swimmer
or send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we assume you can all swim,
collecting rubbish on a river bank or
by a lake has the potential to result in
an unexpected dip if you slip and fall.
Please take care and preferably work
in pairs. Be particularly careful with
broken glass and sharp metal edges.
Consider wrapping dangerous items
in newspaper or cardboard before
disposing of them.