Event 166: Cardiff Bay Barrage (19 May 2018)

41 volunteers enjoyed a sizzling day in the sunshine litter-picking Cardiff Bay Barrage on Saturday 19th May, in preparation for the arrival of the Volvo Ocean Race.

The Race will bring the world’s attention to Cardiff, so we want to give the best impression to all visitors.

The volunteers were joined by staff from Cardiff Harbour Authority, and together they scoured the edges of the Bay and the breakwater for litter. Together the team collected 70 bags of rubbish.

They were surprised to find so many cotton bud sticks on the water’s edge.

Group member Louise Tambini said, “At first glance the Bay looks spotless, however when you look between the rocks there are lots of plastic items visible. What was even more surprising was the sheer amount of plastic cotton buds we found. We would like to make a plea to everyone to NOT flush things such as cotton buds down the toilet! I still don’t think people realise that they get into rivers and end up on our wonderful coastline.

This week saw the announcement of Keep Wales Tidy’s coast awards and Wales has the most award-beaches per mile in the UK. We have a beautiful coastline, so I hope people start to realise how their actions can impact negatively on it.

“It was another amazing volunteer turnout today and great to see so many people care enough for their local environment that they come out in force to clean it up”, she added.

There are lots more photos on our Flickr page.

It was a glorious day and a wonderful result. All waste was disposed of by Cardiff Council.

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