Revealed: The weirdest litter collected along the River Clyde

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Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has revealed some of the freaky findings that have been found by its eager volunteer citizen scientists based all along the River Clyde.

With thousands of people supporting the charity’s Upstream Battle campaign, volunteers have been collecting litter and recording data on the types and quantities found in the Clyde river catchment for over 10 months.

Some of the weird and wonderful items that have been rescued from the river and the riverside include:

∙ A 4ft long decomposing python

∙ Edwardian coins

∙ An ornamental brass horse and cart

∙ A Jesters Hat

∙ A chemical toilet

∙ Original Shrek VHS tape

∙ Coconuts

Keep Scotland Beautiful is now challenging people to recover and record even more freaky findings as part of the Upstream Battle Week of Action next week.

The most unusual find photographed and submitted on social media or emailed to will be presented with a prize of a recycled plastic bench donated by Recoup and Berry BPI, one of the campaign funders.

Running from the September 14 - 20, the week of action will see litter picks take place every day so individuals, community groups and businesses can help reduce the amount of litter that reaches the sea from the Clyde and waterways which flow into it.

Paul Wallace at Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “We want to challenge everyone living along the Clyde to take part in the Upstream Battle Week of Action and help find, record and remove, the weird and wonderful ‘rubbish’, along with the mundane litter that people have carelessly discarded.

“Upstream Battle is encouraging people to stop dropping litter, look after our river and ultimately protect our seas. Every drinks bottle or crisp packet picked up during the week of action reduces the amount of rubbish that could end up in our seas.”

Further information on how you can get involved can be found at: