Young Bangor resident leads litter campaign

Date: 13/09/2019
Traeth Bangor

A young Bangor resident was so inspired after buying a bracelet made from recycled marine plastic that she took it upon herself to organise a local community beach clean on the banks of the Menai strait.

Jordan Roberts, who is 17 and lives in Hirael succeeded in persuading over 30 local residents to join her to clean the foreshore at Garth near Bangor pier at the end of last month.

One of those who helped Jordan organise the event was local Maesgeirchen Gwynedd Councillor Nigel Pickavance, who said: “We’re all so impressed by Jordan’s energy and determination to clean the environment, and she’s done just that! The coastline of Bangor is now 40 bin bags cleaner. That’s brilliant but also sad that this rubbish is there in the first place.

“Many thanks to Gwynedd Council’s Caru Gwynedd project, Keep Wales Tidy, to Trac5 and the Tap and Stile, and to Bangor’s Pier Master, Stan, for all their help. But a special thanks goes to Jordan and all those who turned out on the day and made it such a huge success.”

Jordan Roberts said:  “I’m really grateful to everyone who turned up on the day and for all the support we received to make the day possible and such a success. It’s so important that we continue to dedicate time towards helping our environment in the future and so our litter-pick in Bangor last month was just the beginning!”

Councillor Catrin Wager, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal was also there on the day. Councillor Wager said: “This is such a positive and inspirational story and I was very happy to be there with Jordan and the other volunteers to help pick up the litter.

“It’s an excellent example of how local action can have an effect globally. 40 bags of rubbish were collected, and one can imagine the negative environmental consequences if that rubbish had gone into the sea and across the planet. A massive thank you to Jordan for organizing the event, and to the Council for disposing the rubbish – a much better outcome than it appearing on a beach in another country!”

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.

The Council’s Caru Gwynedd project receives funding from Keep Wales Tidy’s Caru Cymru initiative. You can contact the Caru Gwynedd team on 01766 771000 or send an e-mail to CaruCymru@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

Llun: Jordan Roberts(front) with volunteers in Bangor