Just over two weeks ago, Storm Dennis hit South Wales and turned the Taff into a raging torrent, washing tonnes of rubbish and debris onto parks and fields along its banks, and down into the bay.
CRG’s volunteers have responded just as wonderfully you might expect!
First was an event at Blackweir, Pontcanna Fields and Bute Park on Sunday 23rd February, when an amazing 132 people turned out, including numerous family groups. Together, they collected hundreds of bags of waste from the field, woods and banks of the Taff.
The riverbanks were absolutely covered in single-use plastics (eg, wet wipes, sanitary products), as well as lots of much-larger items, such as bins, cones, pallets and tyres, many of which were lodged above head height in the trees!
It was a really fabulous event, which showed the great community spirit of the people of Cardiff.
And we’ll be holding more events to Clean-Up Cardiff after Storm Dennis in the coming weeks and months (yes, sadly, it’s going to take that long), so keep an eye on the Upcoming Events page on our website, our Facebook page and Twitter feed.
For their Marine Clean Cymruevent, 24 volunteers (and two dogs) from CRG returned to the foreshore of the River Rhymney at Lamby Way, which they cleaned for the first time in March 2018.
They were pleased (and relieved!) to see rather less rubbish than last year, but were still confronted with a big task.
Undaunted, they eagerly set to work.
The variety of items found was generally as predictable as ever — predominantly plastic drinks bottles and other plastic containers, plus plastic straws, miscellaneous household items, plastic ducks (several of which still had the number on from the “duck race” they’d been used for), gas bottles…
… thousands of bits of polystyrene packing, lots of footballs, children’s toys (including three large ‘ride-in’ cars), and a few large items (like fridges).
A mere 2 hours later the foreshore had been cleared of over 850kg of waste, including 50 bags of plastic bottles and 48 bags of general rubbish.
All plastics were recycled in Lamby Way Recycling Centre and all metal will be weighed-in by CRG as scrap.