Merched y Wawr's 'Project 6000' Litter Campaign

Date: 12/07/2019

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A number of local Merched y Wawr branches have been busy recently collecting litter. Their initiative is part of the ‘President’s Project’ to collect 6,000 bags of litter throughout Wales by the end of the year – a bag for each of member. The aim is to help prevent long term damage to the environment.

Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns team has been very happy to respond to the numerous requests for assistance from the organisation before and after the events.

Some of the local Merched y Wawr branches who took part recently were: Penrhosgarnedd, Caernarfon, Nefyn, Pwllheli, Harlech, Deiniolen and Dinas Mawddwy.

Rhiannon James, a member of the Caernarfon branch, said: “We’ve been out a number of times recently and have collected 31 bags and recycled 17 of these. We are keen to draw attention to the litter problem, whilst also inspiring others to look after their own local patch so others can follow their example.”

One of those who went out in Penrhosgarnedd was Gwynedd Councillor, Elin Walker Jones. Councillor Walker Jones said: “It was fantastic for the Penrhosgarnedd branch of Merched y Wawr to be able to do something that’s so beneficial for the community and indeed to the environment generally. We go out litter picking fairly regularly here, so if anyone fancies joining in, then do get in touch.”

The group’s National President, Meirwen Lloyd, said: “This campaign is a very social occasion and is also of benefit to communities in Wales, but it is also evidently important to the future health of our global environment.”

“It is this environmental benefit that is at the core of our campaign – to collect 6000 bags, a bag for each member, and in this way help to protect our world for our children’s children; together we can make a difference.”

Councillor Catrin Wager, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal, said: “It’s great to see organisations like Merched y Wawr working with the Council for the benefit of our communities and the environment. I would like to thank all of them for their contribution and also to Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns scheme for supporting the members here in Gwynedd.”

Anyone found guilty of littering in any public place could face a court summons and a fine of up to £2,500. To report any instances of fly-tipping, contact Gwynedd Council’s street enforcement team on 01766 771000.

For more information about Gwynedd Council's Tidy Towns scheme contact the team on 01766 771000 or send an e-mail to trefitaclus@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

Images: 1.) Members of the Caernarfon branch of Merched y Wawr 2.) Members of the Penrhosgarnedd branch of Merched y Wawr