Posted: Mon 13th Jun 2016

Abergwyngregyn Volunteers Do Their Bit In Anti-Litter Campaign /
This article is old - Published: Monday, Jun 13th, 2016

Some of the volunteers who recently came together todo their bit for the local environment in Abergwyngregyn ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Fed up with people leaving litter in their community, spirited local volunteers from Abergwyngregyn got together recently to tidy-up their village. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Armed with their Tidy Towns litter pickers and high-viz jackets, 25 industrious locals set about picking up litter from paths, verges and car-parks around this beautiful village. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Over 20 black bags were filled with discarded drinks cans, bottles, cartons, food packaging and various other discarded items, including a vacuum cleaner and television. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Local group member Professor Carwyn Jones said: “We can’t understand why people travel to the village to experience the scenery and make a mess of the very place they are attracted to. The message is clear – use the bins or take the rubbish home with you. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Another blight is the numerous bags of dog faeces discarded on the village’s many scenic walks. This is a growing problem with dog owners bagging the faeces, but then thoughtlessly throwing the bag.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Local Gwynedd Councillor for the area, Dafydd Meurig noted: “Abergwyngregyn is such a pleasant little village and it is also of course the gateway to the beautiful Aber Falls. It is really disappointing, then, that some people disregard this by leaving their litter and dog mess behind. I’m very pleased to see that local residents have taken it upon themselves to show how proud they are of by cleaning up their community.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Gwynedd’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor John Wynn Jones, added: “It gives me great pleasure to see how Tidy Towns is enabling and empowering local communities to channel their community pride into cleaning up mess left by an inconsiderate minority. Abergwyngregyn is one of a number of communities who have taken up the challenge of creating a clean and tidy community. I applaud them for their efforts.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Those who thoughtlessly throw rubbish in any public place are committing a crime. A person found guilty of littering can receive a fine of up to £2,500. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Tidy Towns is funded by a grant from the Welsh Government as part of the scheme with the aim of improving the quality of the local environment. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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