Keep Wales Tidy is urging people in Ceredigion to get involved and volunteer their time during Clean Coast Week during 8 – 17 May to help care for our award-winning Welsh coastline.
With a dedicated week of events taking place across the a country, including one on Borth Beach on 11 May, Keep Wales Tidy is searching for volunteers across Wales, committing to work together to help get our beaches and coastline looking beautiful and ready for everyone to enjoy during the busy summer months.
The third annual Clean Coast Week, sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd, coincides with Clean Europe Week which aims to reduce litter and promote responsible behaviour across Europe.
Keep Wales Tidy, one of Wales’ leading environment charities, along with McDonald’s restaurant staff, community groups, schools and businesses will take part in clean-up events across the country as part of the week of action this May.
The third annual Clean Coast Week 2015 follows the success of the previous two years. During which time over 225 registered events have taken place across the Welsh coast, with over 5,100 people getting involved in collecting more than 5,000 bags of rubbish.
Events have already been organised across the country to help give beaches a spring clean before the busy summer season, but Keep Wales Tidy needs more volunteers to sign up.
Ceredigion County Councillor, Alun Williams, Cabinet Member for Transport, Waste and Carbon Management said:
"Of course it's important that people reject unnecessary packaging, reuse, recycle and take rubbish home. However much of the litter on our beaches is brought in by the ocean and can't be blamed on local people. New litter picking groups, like Aberystwyth Beach Buddies, are regularly springing up in Ceredigion and tidying up like this is becoming a popular way to do something useful whilst getting some exercise. It's great to see Keep Wales Tidy holding Clean Coast Week and I know it will be well supported by people who want to make a contribution."
Local McDonald’s franchisee, Bob Beckett who owns the nearby Aberystwyth restaurant said: “We have a long standing relationship with Keep Wales Tidy and are delighted that, for the third consecutive year, we’ll be supporting Clean Coast Week. Alongside the litter patrols we carry out three times a day in the local community, my staff and I will be volunteering at the event on Borth beach in May to help keep our local environment clear and litter-free. It’s a fantastic opportunity to encourage the local community to work together and help restore the beautiful Welsh coastline ahead of the busy summer months.”
Wales boasts some spectacular beaches, many having received the internationally recognised Blue Flag Award which is managed in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy.
Clean Coast Week 2015 is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved in appreciating and caring for our coast- from sprucing up coastal areas to removing litter left on our beaches.
Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy comments:
“The coastline is very important for Wales as it allows us to showcase our beautiful country, boosting local economies and the tourism industry. It’s important that we get together to help care for our beaches and maintain the high standard of our coast. I hope that people from across Wales can spend a few hours at their nearest coastal area to ensure that locals and visitors can continue to enjoy the best that Wales has to offer.”
Keep Wales Tidy Project Officer, Richard Thomas, will be working with volunteers from McDonald’s and the local community to clean up Borth Beach at 10.30am on 11 May.
To get involved, please contact Richard Thomas on 07824 504801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, if you would like to organise your own event, please register at www.keepwalestidy.org or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
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