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Preventing Plastic Pollution at the Sail GP in Plymouth

litter pickers on the waterfront

Plymouth Sound, the natural amphitheatre of Britain’s Ocean City, hosted the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix (the third event of SailGP Season 2) on the 17th and 18th July 2021.

SailGP is the first climate positive sports and entertainment property, going beyond a net zero carbon footprint in all business and event operations.

While the main sailing event was out on the water, crowds gathered across the Waterfront to watch the action, and to visit the Sail Village. Over a two-day period more than 400 visitors entered the Sail Village where Preventing Plastic Pollution had its stand.

Representing the project, Plymouth City Council and the Ocean Conservation Trust ( delivered a variety of engagement activities to raise awareness around the project and the problems of plastic pollution, including:

  • Interactive games about plastic pollution to engage visitors to the race village, helping people to understand and reduce their impacts on the marine environment
  • Underwater Plymouth Sound VR experience
  • Produced a flyer about ‘Plymouth’s Action on Plastics’ for people to take away

As well as these engagement events, two street cleans took place over two days to collect data for  Preventing Plastics Pollution starting at the Mayflower Steps. The team collected over 1.75kg of plastic over the weekend and plenty of data for the project, and helped develop a boating guide for visitors to the event on the water, including a section on Preventing Plastic Pollution.

Chris Suckling, Project Officer on PPP for Plymouth City Council, said: “On the whole, the event was a huge success, helping to raise awareness of environmental issues, and we received some fantastic feedback via an online behaviour change survey conducted on the day.”

Plymouth City Council and their partner Ocean Conservation Trust continue to host weekly litter picks around the city. Full list of dates and locations below: