August 2018

RBC Volunteers Remove 4,100 Plastic Bottles from the River Thames

 “I really enjoyed representing RBC for such a good cause. The day not only gave me the opportunity to learn more about our partnership but also the efforts being made to clean up the Thames river bank and progress with the #OneLess movement. Whilst I am aware of the environmental situation it was quite shocking to see so much plastic in a small area. It’s great to hear that soon there will be more water fountains in London so that people can fill up their reusable bottles and hopefully stop using single-use plastics.”

- Tracey Morgan, Senior Network Manager, Network Management, Global Client Coverage
RBC Investor & Treasury Services

Last month, over 100 RBC volunteers from our London office travelled to Erith, just south of the Capital, with the Zoological Society of London to collect, identify and remove plastic bottles from the River Thames. Armed with a pair of gloves, a litter picker and plenty of bin bags, the volunteers collected 4,100 bottles over two mornings as part of the #OneLess movement to remove single-use plastic from London and switch to reusable bottles.

“What an amazing day working with the ZSL teams in Erith to support their work and the #OneLess movement. We collected over 2,000 plastic bottles in a couple of hours which really put the size of the problem into perspective and gave the whole team a reality check in terms of our own use of plastic. It was great fun taking part in this event with other enthusiastic RBC colleagues who are passionate about this topic. I would encourage everyone to get involved if the opportunity arises again.  I will certainly be joining in!”

- Susanne Fogg, Executive Assistant to Rob Harley & Office Manager, Global Technology Infrastructure, RBC Capital Markets

Making a difference on our doorstep

In London it is estimated that one person will use around 175 single-use plastic bottles each year. Even if these bottles are disposed of correctly, a large number will work their way into the River Thames – killing seabirds, marine life and endangering our river ecosystems.

By partnering with Zoological Society of London our ambition is to leverage technology and innovation capabilities to solve pressing environmental challenges such as the plastic problem affecting the River Thames. Delivering against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal for clean water management, we are working closely with Zoological Society of London to mobilise change in plastic and waste pollution and advocate the protection of the river. Our goal is to see London become a city where using a reusable water bottle is the social norm, and where there are the systems in place to support this behaviour.