For over 20 years the Clean Tyne Project, in partnership with the Port of Tyne and the four riverside councils of Gateshead, Newcastle, South Tyneside and North Tyneside have been working together to combat the problem of debris and litter in the River Tyne.
The Clearwater was first launched in 2005 and since then it has removed thousands of tonnes of rubbish from the river.
The vessel’s re-launch comes as the Clean Tyne Project removed a record amount of debris in 2012 following last year’s substantial rainfall and region wide flooding.
Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The Clean Tyne Project provides a vital role in maintaining river cleanliness. Last year the Clearwater recovered a record amount of river debris and I’m delighted to announce that the Port is now sponsoring the project’s key initiatives in addition to being one of the project partners.”
Last year the Clearwater collected an incredible 1,383 tonnes of debris from the river, working around the clock to recover all sorts of items – including whole trees, large timbers, a picnic table and a number of wooden pallets.
Cllr John McElroy, for Gateshead Council, said: “The Clearwater plays an important role in helping to keep the river safe, clean and attractive, and the sponsorship through the Port of Tyne will provide additional vital funding – supporting not only the Clearwater’s sustainable refit but enhancing the education scheme and supporting programmes to raise the awareness of the project.”
The massive amount of debris collected from the river in 2012 reflects a whopping 518% increase on the previous year and 100% of this was recycled, mostly for firewood or building projects.
Press Release, May 21, 2013