Community litter picking hubs re-open!

Keep Wales Tidy’s community litter picking hubs have now re-opened all across Wales. They allow individuals, community groups and businesses to borrow litter picking equipment to clean up their local area, completely free.

Rates of litter have increased over the last year, becoming a large-scale issue here in Wales. The warm weather has meant we can all head out again to enjoy local nature and our coastal regions. However, the actions of a few have had a negative impact on visitors and local people’s enjoyment, ruining our beautiful views and with bins often full and overflowing.

Keep Wales Tidy aims to tackle the issue of litter head on, making it easier than ever to borrow equipment and take positive action to improve the community.

The growing network of hubs offer all the equipment needed to carry out a safe clean-up, including litter pickers, hi-vis vests, rubbish bags and hoops.

They have been set up by Keep Wales Tidy as part of their Caru Cymru initiative. Caru Cymru (a Welsh phrase meaning ‘Love Wales’) is an inclusive movement led by Keep Wales Tidy and local authority partners to eradicate litter and waste.

 

All hubs closed during the first lockdown, but they have recently reopened their doors as restrictions have eased. The number of people making use of the hubs over recent weeks has been astounding, with communities coming together, making use of the free equipment to improve their local areas and tackle waste.

Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive Lesley Jones said:

“Every one of us has a part to play. Not only is litter a blight on our local environment, but it has a significant impact on our health, wellbeing, and wildlife too.

“Pick as you pass by making use of the free clean-up equipment available at your local hub. It is essential that our communities, green spaces and beaches are kept clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. Together, we can all make a difference”.

Keep Wales Tidy encourages anyone interested in using their local hub to get in touch, or visit their website for more information: www.keepwalestidy.cymru/litter-picking-hubs

Caru Cymru has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

By Patrick Downes

Comms Lead - Third Sector Development TVA