Charity fishes for bikes and other objects dumped in canals

  • 24 March 2016
people fish bikes from canal Image copyright Canal & River Trust
Image caption Volunteers got a good haul fishing for bikes

A national survey looking at what objects lie beneath the surface of the UK's canals has uncovered some surprising items.

Rubbish thrown into rivers and canals cause big problems for wildlife and boats.

A four-month long survey found that an average canal lock - about the size of a tennis court - will contain:

  • 1 bicycle
  • 1 shopping trolley
  • 1 traffic cone
  • 67 glass bottles
  • 4 tyres
  • 23 cans
  • and 150 plastic bags

The Canal and River Trust charity say that it costs them about £1 million each year to clear out what they can.

The bits that get left behind can trap wildlife, or poison the water.

Image copyright Canal & River Trust
Image caption A car tyre, a safe, and a shopping trolley were found amongst the rubbish in this lock.
Image copyright Canal & River Trust
Image caption Even cars are dumped under the water.
Image copyright Canal & River Trust
Image caption Wildlife can get trapped in big items like this shopping trolley.

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