Blood Donors Needed!

The Welsh Blood Service will be visiting Cardiff Met University in Llandaff next week on

  • Wednesday 1st April
  • Thursday 2nd April
  • Friday 3rd April

and they need your support!

If you are fit and well, please click on the button below to book a convenient day and time. Walk-in slots are also available.

The button will take you to the booking page for 1st April.
You can select other dates using the links at the bottom of the box
on the left-hand side of that page.

Blood Donation is classed as essential travel.

Please donate in these unprecedented times to help maintain the vital supply of platelets and blood product.

CRG Events Cancelled Until Further Notice

Following the government announcements about COVID-19 (coronavirus) yesterday (Monday 16 March), Cardiff Council has asked organisations to cancel all group litter picks and similar events.

Consequently, all CRG events are cancelled until further notice.

We obviously have no idea how long these measures will last, but we’ll let you know as soon as we have events back up and running. There will be plenty to do!

In the meantime, take care of yourselves, your families and your communities.

What CRG’s Done Since Storm Dennis (So Far!)

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.

More photos of this event on Flickr.

Thanks to Whitchurch Builders Supplies for donating rubble sacks,  Keep Wales Tidy for lending extra equipment and Cardiff Council for collecting the rubbish.

Then, on Wednesday 26th February, over 25 volunteers descended on Hamadryad Park to make a start on clearing up the rubbish that ended up in the bay.

 

Despite the fact that over 80 bags of rubbish were collected in just two hours, it actually wasn’t as bad as we had feared it would be.

Unfortunately, that’s not the good news it might seem, as it means most of the rubbish has ended up around the edges of the bay — eg, at Mermaid Quay and Dr Who Beach.

Our next event is this Wednesday, 4th March, at Trenchard Drive Llanishen.

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.

Thanks again to everyone who’s turned out so far!

Faendre Reen, St Mellons (26 January 2020)

On Sunday 26 January, 51 volunteers from CRG and St Mellons Clean Up braved heavy rain and made a huge, and much-needed, difference to Faendre Reen and its surroundings, in St Mellons.

Together, they collected an incredible haul: over 130 bags of litter, at least 7 scooters, 2 kids bikes, 2 tricycles, 2 TVs, a hoover, a steam cleaner, several wet and heavy mattresses…

… a double headboard, numerous broken cupboards and doors, a bathtub, an ironing board, a keyboard, miscellaneous scrap…

… a 13 year old crisp packet, a traffic cone and a few (now not-so) cuddly toys. We even found Nemo!

You could pretty much furnish a house with what we found (although you wouldn’t want to live in it).

Many thanks to everyone who turned out, especially in such miserable weather!

And our thanks to Cardiff Council’s waste management team for collecting all the rubbish so promptly.

Lots more photos in our Flickr album.

10 Years of Making A Difference!

Here’s what we achieved with your help!

 

Volunteers 4,973
Events 218
Hours 10,832.5
Locations Approx. 41 different sites
Bags of Rubbish 7,242
Loose Rubbish 42.5 tonnes
Scrap Metal 112.5 tonnes
Tyres 553
Traffic Cones 266
Shopping Trolleys 256
Bicycles 123
Motorbikes 22
Himalayan Balsam Bashing 19 Events

(It’s actually 10 years and 9 months, from 1st April 2009 to 31st December 2019, but just “10 years” sounds snappier.)

River Rhymney at Lamby Way (12 October 2019)

For their Marine Clean Cymru event, 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.

Thanks to everyone who came along to help!

More photos on Flickr!