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BRIDGEND Council is joining forces with Keep Wales Tidy to support Caru Cymru (Love Wales), the biggest ever initiative to eradicate litter and waste.

Caru Cymru aims to inspire residents to take action and care for the environment by making good habits second nature, from taking litter home and cleaning up after dogs, to recycling ‘on-the-go, reusing and repairing.

Caru Cymru has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-20, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Deputy Leader Hywel Williams said:

”The council is proud to work alongside Keep Wales Tidy as part of our ‘Love it…don’t trash it!’ project, which involves community councils and schools in Porthcawl, Cornelly, Pyle, Kenfig Hill, Cefn Cribwr and Brackla, encouraging residents to take pride in their community and help keep it litter-free.

We will soon launch a digital version for schools in the Ogmore Valley and will continue to work with Keep Wales Tidy to set up new litter hubs when coronavirus restrictions allow so volunteers can have access to equipment for litter picks. We are also planning to introduce more dog waste bag stations for pet owners if they have forgotten them on a walk and colourful bins to discourage people from dropping gum on the floor.

By coming together to create a clean and safe environment, we can build stronger, healthier communities and make a positive difference to our planet.”

Residents in Bridgend County Borough and across Wales are being encouraged to join the new movement and can visit Keep Wales Tidy’s Caru Cymru website (External link – Opens in a new tab or window) to find out more.

Speaking about the campaign, Lesley Jones, Chief Executive of Keep Wales Tidy said:

“Every person in Wales has a part to play in eradicating litter and waste which can cause so much damage to our communities and to our natural environment.

“I’m proud to be part of an initiative that brings people together and provides the tools, innovation and support needed to make a positive difference. Caru Cymru is not an exclusive club – everyone can join in.”



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