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Calling all Powys litter heroes! Spring Clean Cymru is back

Image of a group of litter pickers in Welshpool

16 February 2022

Image of a group of litter pickers in Welshpool
People in Powys and across Wales are being encouraged to help protect the environment and join Spring Clean Cymru 2022, showing that even small acts on your doorstep make a big difference.

Powys County Council is working with Keep Wales Tidy to support Spring Clean Cymru. Together they are calling on individuals, households and schools to clean-up the streets, parks or beaches on their doorstep between 25 March - 10 April.

"Powys communities always come out in force and show how much they care for their local areas. In previous years we have seen an impressive number of groups and individuals volunteering to help keep Powys clean and tidy, so we are delighted to be joining forces with Keep Wales Tidy again this year in a bid to encourage community groups to come together and join in with the 2022 Spring Clean Cymru campaign." says Cllr Heulwen Hulme, Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste.

"Litter picking toolkits, containing everything you need, can be borrowed from some of our libraries, so please pop in or reserve your kit online and organise a spring clean for your local area soon."

Spring Clean Cymru is part of Caru Cymru (a Welsh phrase meaning 'Love Wales') - Keep Wales Tidy' biggest ever initiative to eradicate litter and waste.

Caru Cymru has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive Lesley Jones said:"Since the start of the pandemic our outdoor spaces have mattered to us more than ever before. They have been a sanctuary during challenging times.

"Yet, litter still blights our green spaces, streets and beaches across Wales, not only costing us millions to remove but sadly harming our local wildlife as well.

"We encourage everyone across Wales to get involved with our Spring Clean Cymru campaign this year and pledge to pick up a bag or more of litter. We know that Taking part outdoors is good for our health and our environment. Together we can make a big difference".

One bag, Big difference.

Spring Clean Cymru is also part of this year's Great British Spring Clean. Volunteers are being asked to pledge how many bags they will collect and how many minutes they will spend cleaning up their local area.

To pledge and get involved in Spring Clean Cymru, visit the Keep Wales Tidy website