Spring Clean Cymru kicked off on Friday, March 22, as part of the larger Great British Spring Clean.
Clean-ups are taking place all over the UK between March 22 and April 23, as Keep Britain Tidy and Keep Wales Tidy are looking to bring ‘Litter Heroes’ together to collect and safely dispose of litter from our streets, parks and beaches…with the intention of recycling as much of this as possible 🙂
Several meet-ups have already been planned across the Wrexham area, which you can find details of on the Keep Wales Tidy website – three of these are taking place in our country parks (Stryt Las on April 3 at 1.30pm, Moss Valley on April 7 at 10am, and Acton Park on April 9 at 10am).
Those taking part will be #LitterHeroes for 2019…last year, more than 13,000 events took place across the UK with 371,556 people taking part, and the aim is for the spring clean to be even “bigger and better” this time around.
If you need a little bit of inspiration to get involved, how about Wrexham locals Brian Phillips and his granddaughter Isla Phillips-Jenkins, who collected rubbish as they walked to school over the space of a week. You can see their fantastic results in the picture below 🙂
The RSPCA recorded more than 7,000 incidents of animals being injured as a result of litter last year, and tellingly 80 per-cent of litter that finds its way into the sea is actually dropped on land.
How this happens is shown beautifully in a video by Keep Britain Tidy of a poem by Steve Backshall, called Jemima Glitter and the voyage of Bob the Bottle.
“If only I’d known she too late reflected,
Everything on our planet is all connected,
And now our seas have been infected.”
With plastics as a main culprit of these problems, we’re making some small but important changes at Wrexham Council as part of our pledge to cut our use of single-use plastics.
Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport says: “We’ve introduced a number of changes to reduce single-use plastics across the whole of the county borough – with a large emphasis on cutting the amount we use in our schools and other council buildings and facilities.
“We want to lead by example, and we’re encouraging everyone in Wrexham – from households to businesses – to get involved by reducing their own use of single-use plastics.
“People in Wrexham are doing a really good job with their recycling, and this is another step they can take with us to help the environment, and create a better future for everyone going forwards.”
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