Posted: Thu 23rd Mar 2017

62 Tonnes Of Litter And Fly Tipping Have Been Cleared From Streets

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017

More than 62 tonnes of litter and fly tipping have been cleared from streets, parks and beauty spots in Torfaen as part of a campaign to make the borough cleaner and greener. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Torfaen council employed an extra 30 street cleaners to join its front line teams for two weeks to tackle streets, shopping areas, parks, road verges, cycle paths, and other hard to reach areas. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The ‘deep clean’ of the borough was supported by 20 community led litter picks, facilitated by Keep Wales Tidy. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Around 250 volunteers took part in litter picks in Blaenavon, Cwmbran and Pontypool, collecting more than 300 bags of rubbish and clocking up more than 500 volunteer hours. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The hashtag #TorfaenSpringClean was seen by more than 40,000 people. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Torfaen People’s Panel also attended events, speaking with volunteers to understand how the council can engage the community better on cleaner, greener issues. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councillor John Cunningham, executive member for neighbourhood services, said: “The response from the public for our Torfaen Spring Clean has been fantastic. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Our crews work hard to keep the borough clean, and I must thank them for the extra hours they have put in over the last few weeks. But keeping our communities clean and free of litter is everyone’s responsibility, and I would particularly like to thank the volunteers who gave their time to take part in spring clean events in their area. I would also like to thank Keep Wales Tidy for all of their support.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We know that these events have galvanised many people in our communities to join local groups to look after their local areas, and I would urge anyone wanting to join a group, or to start their own, to get in touch with us.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The leader of Torfaen council, Anthony Hunt, said: “We have listened to residents who told us that a cleaner, greener borough is one of their top priorities, and we have invested an extra £250,000 annually into our front-line street cleansing services. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The deep clean carried out by our staff, and the many bags of litter collected by volunteers, reinforces the fact that only by working together can we address the issue of litter and fly tipping in our communities.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



Spotted something? Got a story? Email News@News.Wales



More from Torfaen Council

Incentives for Landlords to Boost Affordable Private Rent Homes in Gwent Borough

Torfaen Council

Plans Submitted for New Bridge Over Cwmbran Canal

Torfaen Council

Empty Shops in Torfaen Could Transform into ‘Pop Up’ Museums to Boost Awareness

Torfaen Council

Plaid Cymru candidate challenges Labour’s hold on Torfaen constituency

Torfaen Council

Council in Pontypool Does Not Allow Emotional Support Dogs Inside Buildings

Torfaen Council

Plaid Cymru candidate challenging Labour stronghold in Torfaen parliamentary seat

Torfaen Council

Latest from News.Wales

Public Consultation Launched for ‘No-Gas’ Housing Development Near Maesteg

Bridgend Council

Opponents of Proposed “Super-Estate” in Wrexham Call for Public Meeting

Wrexham Council

Disused Newport leisure centre deemed safe by council officials

Newport Council

Plans Revealed for Fourth Phase of Rhondda Fach Active Travel Route

Rhondda Council

Fear of Diluted Local Voice in Vale of Glamorgan Community Council Changes

Vale of Glamorgan Council

Smallest School in Rhondda Cynon Taf to Close Despite Strong Opposition

Rhondda Council