Cardiff community litter picking groups celebrate successful twelve months. Thousands of community clean-ups took place across the city since April year, with litter picking groups gaining new volunteers.
Community groups and litter picking champions of Cardiff are celebrating another successful year of cleaning the city’s streets. Nearly 3,000 activities took place from April 2019 which resulted in 12,486 bags of waste collected – 724 of those were bags of recycling.
Dedicated individuals and monthly clean-ups organised by local residents managed a total of 12,331 volunteer hours between them over the last year, with many now working together to set up even more litter picking groups.
Keep Wales Tidy and Cardiff Council work in partnership to support all volunteer activities. Lorna Collisson, from Cardiff Council’s Love Where You Live campaign said: “The volunteer effort of Keep Tidy Groups and Litter Champions within Cardiff is phenomenal. Every year the amount of people getting involved grows and to see activity in every ward is amazing. The Council are so honoured to work alongside such wonderful community members who strive to make Cardiff a better place to live and work for all, as well as the wonderful Keep Wales Tidy.”
“It has also been great to see the number of groups continue to increase and how the more established ones are helping to get new ones set up, sharing their expertise and insights. We wish to thank everyone involved that has contributed this year – you are all heroes!”
Councillor Michael Michael, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Recycling and Environment, said: “We are delighted to see the Love Where You Live campaign go from strength to strength since the initiative began in 2017.
“As a council, we continue to clamp down on fly-tipping and it’s very disappointing that people still resort to littering, but the Love Where You Live teams are doing an incredible job to help us combat this problem.”
“I would like to personally thank all of our volunteers who work tirelessly with the council’s waste crews across the city to keep Cardiff tidy.”
Gareth Davies, Cardiff Project Officer for Keep Wales Tidy said: “I am blown away every year by the dedication, passion and enthusiasm of Cardiff’s community groups and Litter Champions. This last year, we have seen more activities, groups and volunteers all wanting to help support a cleaner, safer, local communities.
“Volunteers continue to give their time freely, encouraging others to follow their lead. It is fantastic to see volunteers become inspired, meeting new people, making new friends, exploring their community all whilst doing worthwhile activities. We would just like to say a huge thank you and hope to see all volunteers get the recognition that they deserve.” For the latest information on community groups and Litter Champions, please visit the Keep Wales Tidy website www.keepwalestidy.cymru. Further guidance on litter picking during the COVID-19 lockdown can be found on the www.keepcardifftidy.com website.