With the Volvo Ocean Race due to sail into Cardiff Bay at the end of May, and the recent focus on marine plastic pollution — thanks in no small part to the last episode of the great Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II series — Cardiff Rivers Group has stepped up its battle to Turn the Tide on Plastic and rid Cardiff’s shores of the tonnes of litter that disgrace our marine environment with a series of events over the next few weeks.
The first was on Saturday 24 February, when 40 volunteers (and a dog) refused to be deterred by the ‘beast from the east’ and turned up on a freezing , but gloriously sunny, morning to start the battle against plastic in Hamadrayad Park.
An enormous amount of rubbish washes down the river Taff to the shores of the park, where it’s a real eyesore and a hazard to wildlife. Also, if it’s not removed, it will eventually make its way down to the bay, and potentially into the sea.
In just 2 hours the team collected 54 bags of plastic (mostly drinks bottles), 8 traffic cones and 3 road barriers, all of which will be recycled as part of a Keep Wales Tidy/TerraCycle project, thereby removing it from the marine environment and turning it into new products. We also collected 44 bags of litter and other rubbish, plus parts of a shed, a gas bottle, two Xmas trees, and a toy owl!
Louise Tambini, a group member, said,
“All the publicity about marine plastic has really helped to raise awareness of the issue , and we are delighted that more and more volunteers are joining us as we tackle litter in Cardiff’s watercourses. We have made a huge difference today, and hope to inspire lots more volunteers to join in activities in the future. We are extremely proud of our city and excited to invite visitors from across the world as part of the Volvo Ocean Race. Cardiff Rivers Group will be doing our bit to rid our shores of litter and working in partnership with Cardiff Council to ensure the city looks its best”.
It was a great morning’s work that resulted in a much cleaner park and far less plastic entering the marine environment — we think Sir David Attenborough would be proud!
More photos on our Flickr page.
All waste was removed by Cardiff Council. The event was the first of 3 events that Cardiff Rivers Group is holding as part of Keep Wales Tidy’s ‘Spring Clean Cymru’ campaign.
The next event takes place on Sunday 4 March, when we will be tackling the banks of River Rhymney by Lamby Way, which are absolutely covered with plastic. It’s set to be one of our most challenging events yet. We’ll need lots of volunteers, so please come along and help us Make a Difference!
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