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Trolly mountain pulled from Thames

Port of London Authority workers have hauled nearly 70 shopping trollies out of the Thames in south London.

Crew of the Diftwood III boat, who usually clear trees and driftwood, collected the trollies from the shore of the river at Thamesmead.

A member of the crew of Driftwood III poses with the haul Credit: Port of London Authority

PLA marine manager afloat Michael Russell said:

The PLA works very hard to clear rubbish from the river but this incredible find in one pocket of the tidal Thames shows what a mammoth task it is.

Throwing trolleys into the river is simply reckless, the tide goes out and they get stuck on the foreshore. Dumping huge objects like this threatens wildlife habitats and could cause environmental damage. They also look dreadful and, more importantly, could become be a hazard to the thousands of ships navigating the Thames every year.

We annually pull more than 200 tonnes of assorted floating rubbish from the river, including plastic bottles, traffic cones, bicycles and, occasionally, cars.

– Michael Wilson, PLA marine manager

The trollies will now be taken for recycling.