55 volunteers enjoyed the spring sunshine today as they returned to the River Rhymney to remove plastics and other waste from the banks.
On #EarthDay2018 the volunteers spent 2 hours collecting 1.52 tonnes of waste, plus 30 bags of marine plastic. What made it more tricky were the thousands of pieces of polystyrene that littered the entire area. Volunteers had to sit down to painstakingly pick up each piece individually!
They collected the usual plastic, tyres, a fridge freezer, gas bottles, traffic cones, wooden panels and even a seesaw! They also found some nurdles amongst the plastic.
We were delighted to see lots of native wildlife, including a little water vole who came out to say hello! It was lovely to see lots of new faces yet again!
Louise Tambini, group member said,
“Today I was delighted to see my first water vole in the wild, it was a great reminder why it is so important to keep our green spaces litter-free”
Committee member, Dave King said,
“Inspiring to see over 50 people, particularly our younger volunteers, giving up their Sunday morning to make such a huge difference to the riverbank. By removing such a large amount of waste, and so many small pieces of polystyrene, we know that we prevented this plastic from getting into the sea and therefore into the marine food chain. Everyone who took part should be very proud of themselves!”
All waste was collected by Cardiff Council and bags of marine plastic will be recycled by Terracycle as part of the beach plastic recycling programme.
A great morning’s work, thanks to all who helped out.