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Call for residents to lend a hand cleaning up Swansea after storms

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

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SOS — that’s Sweep Our Swansea to you and me!

People from across the city are being invited to join in a major seaside litter-pick next week in the wake of the stormy weather.

Co-ordinated by Swansea Council’s Nature Conservation Team, the event will include members of the public and representatives from a range of organisations, including Keep Wales Tidy and the Marine Conservation Society, who will be tasked with collecting everything from plastic to all sorts of other debris on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 26.

The event starts at 2pm and will cover the sands between Mumbles and the former observatory building on the seafront. It will finish at 4.30pm when everyone taking part is invited to meet at the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre for the rubbish to amassed and collected.

Councillor Sybil Crouch, cabinet member for sustainability, said: “The recent stormy weather has led to Swansea Bay and many of our Gower beaches becoming the dumping ground for litter that normally churns around in the marine environment.

“The council and many other organisations regularly litter-pick the bay area, but this event will offer a brilliant helping hand.

“It will be fantastic to get together with people from all the different groups who have an interest in keeping our beautiful Swansea Bay as pristine as we can. I’d urge anyone interested in volunteering to help to get in touch.”

The move follows the launch earlier this year of the Tidy Swansea campaign which calls on everyone across the city to take pride in the way their community looks.

A spokesman for the campaign said: “Teams of officers regularly hand pick litter from beaches to ensure that washed-up sea life remains on the beach.

“The strandline habitat is protected and can provide a source of food for birds.”

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