Over 40 volunteers spent a sunny late summer’s Sunday morning cleaning-up the coastline on the far side of the Lamby Way Recycling Centre.
The event was CRG’s contribution to the All Wales Beach Clean — the UK’s largest national beach cleaning and litter survey programme. Officially, it’s taking place from 14th to 30th September, but, never ones for convention, CRG decided to get in a few days early.
In just 2 hours, the group collected 72 bags of plastic bottles, 71 bags of miscellaneous rubbish, a builder’s sack full of ‘rigid’ plastics, 2 aluminium beer barrels, 4 gas bottles, 4 car wheels, 3 traffic cones, 3 compost bins, a camping toilet, plus assorted bits of metal and treated wood.
In addition, we recovered another 5 polystyrene-filled crash bags, which had washed down the Rhymney after being looted from an inadequately-secured building site earlier this summer and used as makeshift rafts. (We recovered 14 of them at our Ball Lane event at the beginning of July.)
It’s not, perhaps, the most accessible bit of coastline, but it does have a fantastic view across the Bristol Channel, over to the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm. And, so long as the wind’s in the right direction, you’d never know there’s an industrial-scale compost heap right by it.
And just to prove there really is a beach there…