12/07/07 – Volunteers tackle roadside rubbish

Despite the wet weather conditions, impressive turnouts of nearly 20 volunteers have gathered together on two consecutive litter pick campaigns to clear the area’s notorious roadside rubbish.

Volunteers had a difficult task ahead of them as they persevered with bad traffic and water logged areas to successfully retrieve hundreds of bags of rubbish that had been long since discarded.  The road site was swept through from top to bottom, with all kinds of litter collected from car wheels to cans, a few old roads signs, a television, a microwave and even a washing machine!

Ian Penn, Car Park Watch Volunteer Co-ordinator for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority said:  “It was wonderful to see so many volunteers and staff committing their time to help clear up this stretch of road.  Altogether we collected over 1500kg of black bag rubbish, a wheelie bin of glass, 107 tyres and 75 bags of recyclable plastic and metal.

“Our volunteers are absolutely committed to protecting the National Park and we are always keen to encourage new volunteers, local people and interested parties to care for the local environment.”

With support from Powys County Council, Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council and Keep Wales Tidy the majority of the rubbish has been taken away for sorting and recycling. 

If you would like to become a volunteer for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority please contact the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority HR Department on 01874 620 426 or email elizabeth.lewis@breconbeacons.org