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!

Event 203: Plymouth Great Wood (3 August 2019)

32 volunteers (including 3 local police & community support officers) pulled a truck-load of rubbish out of Plymouth woods on Saturday, 3rd August.

And we were joined by two Cardiff Park Rangers (Raj and Richie), who spent the morning cutting back the vegetation that was threatening to close off the pathway leading from Frank Road down to the woods and riverside.

The mammoth haul included a motorbike, 3 trolleys, 2 sections of iron railings, a car bonnet, and several tyres, plus the usual enormous number of drinks bottles and cans.

Sadly, it also included a lot of fly-tipped general waste, much of it directly behind houses bordering the woods.

In fact, there was so much rubbish that we’re going to  have to arrange a special follow-up event just to clear some of the larger items we found, which were too difficult to move on the day, such as a burnt-out car, two more motorbikes, three huge lorry tyres and a safe (empty).

We’ll be back!

More photos on Flickr.

Dave King MBE

Cardiff Rivers Group founder member Dave King has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list “for services to the environment”.

A self-confessed “litter-obsessive”, Dave helped found Cardiff Rivers Group back in 2009.  Since then, it has removed tonnes of rubbish from the rivers, waterways, lakes and ponds in and around Cardiff, ranging from tens of thousands of tiny pieces of polystyrene, through hundreds of tyres, shopping trolleys and traffic cones, to nearly two-dozen motorbikes. The group will be celebrating its 10th anniversary and 200th event in July.

He’s also been instrumental in setting up other groups and organisations in Cardiff, such as Keep Grangetown Tidy and The Dusty Shed (a men-in-sheds project that aims to tackle social isolation amongst older men).

The citation for his award praises his “dedication and obvious passion”, which are immediately clear to anyone who’s ever met him.

Dave told Grangetown News: “I am very, very grateful to those who took the time and effort to nominate me for this award. It was totally unexpected. No-one achieves anything on their own and this is most certainly true of me. I am passionate about both the environment and community engagement and action but wouldn’t be able to do anything without the huge support in particular of Glynis my wife and of friends in Cardiff Rivers Group, Keep Wales Tidy, Keep Grangetown Tidy and Cardiff Council.

It’s a cliché, perhaps, but it really couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke.

Event 193: Ball Lane, Llanrumney (14 April 2019)

35 volunteers from Cardiff Rivers Group enjoyed a sunny morning in Llanrumney as they cleared rubbish from the River Rhymney and surrounding green space.

Together, the litter heroes collected 85 bags of rubbish (50 bags of general waste and 35 bags of recycling).

They also found car engines, lorry radiators, trollies, large plastic barriers and sheeting, lots of metal and even a bin.

And the human volunteers were ably assisted by some canine companions.

Cardiff Council collected all the waste as soon as the event was finished.

Thanks to everyone who helped out!

Event 191: Cath Cobb Woods, St Mellons (23 March 2019)

As part of Keep Wales Tidy’s ‘Spring Clean Cymru’ campaign, 34 volunteers from Cardiff Rivers Group spent 2 hours removing litter and waste from Cath Cobb woods and stream in St Mellons.

Sadly, this lovely habitat was full of litter and waste.


The volunteers collected an amazing 86 bags of rubbish, plus many larger items, including 6 shopping trolleys, 3 bikes, bits of metal fencing, a wheelchair, a pushchair, several footballs and some car tyres.

The team even found a packet of ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ crisps from 1992, which shows just how long litter can stick around.

Who you gonna call? Cardiff Rivers Group!

A number of volunteers spent the whole 2 hours removing rubbish-filled blockages from various parts of the stream to allow it to flow freely again.

A great morning’s work by everyone who came along!


The waste will be collected and disposed of by Cardiff Council.

More photos on Flickr.

Making A Difference in Rivers and Waterways in Cardiff and Surrounding Areas