Battling wind and hailstones, Cardiff Rivers Group joined forces with a range of community organisations in a partnership event last Sunday to clear the heavily fly tipped reens that run through St Mellons housing estate.
Support and volunteers from Wales & West Housing Association, Cath Cobb Environmental Group, Cardiff Council Parks Services’ Community Rangers Service, Cardiff East Neighbourhood Management Group, local residents and St Mellons Compact enabled this mammoth clean up to take place.
Together, the 29 participants spent over 4 hours removing over 7 TONNES of waste and 200kg of scrap metal from the reens. Cardiff Council disposed of all the collected waste.
A plethora of items were retrieved including: a bag of cuddly toys, cash register, Kids slide, Rotary clothes line, Electric strimmer, mops, Settee, Front door, wheels and tyres, steering wheel, Trolleys, fencing, 3 prams, Round table, Front of a ford escort, Gas bottle, Tins of paint, Toy rubbish wagon, Bird cage, 2 Vacuum cleaners and accessories, 4 scooters, Variety of chairs, Carpets, Cushions, Kitchen utensils a Trampoline, Printer and a Notice board.
Chris Walton, Housing Manager for Wales & West Housing said, “I believe it has made a real difference. Thank you for all your efforts in what was a very worthwhile undertaking for the local community”.
Sue Sheppard, from the local Cath Cobb Environmental Group, said: “Projects like these are always a worthwhile venture as they bring the community together, all our members live in St.Mellons and many residents walking past the Reen Clearance on Sunday thanked us for the work we were doing to help keep St. Mellons clean and tidy.”
Sue would like to remind residents who see any fly-tipping activity to report it via the 101 telephone line (cost only 5p per call), as this is a response line the more calls received help prioritise resources to address issues such as fly-tipping.
You can see more photos of the event on our Flickr photo page.
Cardiff Rivers Group are supported by Keep Wales Tidy and the Welsh Government funded ‘Tidy Towns’ initiative. If you would like to get involved, please contact Louise Tambini, firstname.lastname@example.org