Chelmsford City Council

Volunteers Spring Clean River Chelmer

Chelmsford City Council would like to thank all the volunteers who came out in force to join our Spring River Clean Up.

On Saturday 23 March, over 100 volunteers arrived at Baddow Road car park from 9 am, including the Chelmsford Lions, Essex Slalom Squad and the Chelmer Canoe Club, to help tidy the River Chelmer and its surrounding footpaths. The event was organised in conjunction with Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean campaign.

Over the course of the morning, an astonishing 100 sacks of litter were collected, then separated into plastics, tins and glass to be recycled and disposed of correctly.

It is becoming more important to dispose of your waste responsibly, so litter doesn’t end up in our beautiful rivers. Each year council officers and volunteers continue to find huge amounts of litter in our rivers, with the majority of the litter being plastic bottles.

Plastic pollution is a worldwide problem, as plastic is a long-lasting pollutant which does not fully break down and can be harmful to wildlife and animals.

Other items found in the river were several orange life rings, shopping trolleys, a fire extinguisher, a road sign and a bicycle.

The council wants to remind residents and visitors to the city that there is a £150 Fixed Penalty Notice for anyone who is caught littering. Anyone who is caught fly-tipping waste on public land can be prosecuted and if found guilty, can be fined up to £50,000 or face a 12-month prison sentence.

The Council runs environmental events all year round through the Love Your Chelmsford programme. For more information visit and to keep up to date with the latest events follow @LoveYourChelmsford on Facebook.

Wednesday 27 March 2019

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