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Diver led clean-up in Plymouth hauls up rubber tyres, angling waste, and much more

Some of Plymouth’s most popular inshore waters are looking much cleaner this week thanks to a Council-led clear up.

The Preventing Plastic Pollution project last week commissioned divers to submerge deep into waters at Mount Batten and Mutton Cove and recover any plastics that they possibly could.

They were joined by local organisations and volunteers, from the 1000 Tyres project, who ensured all the rubbish was hauled ashore and sorted. Others assisted with the grading of the angling line pulled from the water. Among the finds were:

  • 2 dumpy bags full of angling line (at least)
  • 55 bikes
  • 22 scooters
  • 3 pushchairs
  • A go-cart
  • A motorcycle
  • 8 trollies
  • 60 car/truck tyres
  • 80 bike tyres

A big thanks to the volunteers, our divers, Commercial Diving and Maritime Ltd, and also Mayflower Marina, for their help on the scheme.

The information provided by the divers now gives us a better understanding of what type of material has been dumped where within Plymouth Sound, which will allow us to work with partners towards future clean ups.

large tyres in piles

Tyres stacked and ready to be collected for recycling

A lucky escape for this crab tangled in fishing gear

3 people grading angling line

Volunteers sort and grade angling line retrieved by the dive team

One of the twenty two bikes retrieved from the depths of Plymouth Sound