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Keep Wales Tidy have joined forces with housing association Clwyd Alyn this spring for two flagship clean-up events in Wrexham and Flint, calling on local tenants to dispose of their unwanted household items correctly.

With its new waste campaign, ‘Not Up My Street’ Keep Wales Tidy hopes to reach communities across Wales, educating them on correct waste behaviours, options for removing household items and calling on tenants to do the right thing.

First up on Monday, teaming with Wrexham Council for a Waste Awareness Day. Keep Wales Tidy were joined at Clwyd Alyn’s Brynteg Community by Wrexham Clothing Exchange for a swap shop encouraging tenants to repair and reuse their unwanted items.

On Tuesday, Keep Wales Tidy and Flintshire Council ran a clothing and toy swap with tenants to reuse and replace unwanted items.

Benthyg Cymru also showcased useful things that tenants in the community could make use of lending, whilst local organisations Abbey Upcycling and Refurbs via Groundwork North Wales promoted their services, stopping good quality items ending up in landfill.

Local litter picks also took place on both days alongside Brynteg and Cornist Park Primary Schools, encouraging locals to keep their areas clean and free of litter.

These events are just a few of those happening with housing associations across Wales, for tenants to learn new skills, save money and dispose of their unwanted items correctly as part of the ‘Not Up My Street’ campaign.

They also form part of hundreds of clean-up events taking place across Wales between 17 March – 2 April, as part of this year’s Spring Clean Cymru campaign.

Keep Wales Tidy are encouraging individuals, families, groups, schools and businesses to join forces and collect litter from our streets, green spaces and beaches this Spring.

Both nationwide campaigns and events are being run as part of Caru Cymru (a Welsh phrase meaning ‘Love Wales’) – an inclusive movement led by Keep Wales Tidy and councils to inspire people to take action and care for the environment.

Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive Owen Derbyshire will also be travelling all over Wales to take part in a clean-up a day this Spring Clean Cymru.

“It’s been a joy getting to know some passionate tenants and volunteers this week, as well as doing some litter picking out in the community as part of our Spring Clean Cymru campaign .”

“Our message this year is simple: even one bag can make a big difference. Whether you choose to clean up your own neighbourhood, your favourite beach, park or beauty spot - every piece of litter removed from the natural environment matters.”

“We’re also very excited to be working alongside local authorities and housing associations to help communities do their bit, through positive community engagement events such as these.”

“Disposing of your unwanted household items is easier than you think, and – crucially - cheaper than a fine.”
Owen Derbyshire
Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive
“We know how important green and clean spaces are for people and we were more than happy to join Keep Wales Tidy and their ‘Not Up My Street’ campaign.”

“We’ve enjoyed spending time with the residents and children from the local schools to help tidy up their streets, collecting over 60 bags full of rubbish and also giving people the opportunity to meet the Clwyd Alyn team as well as our partners and learn about all the different ways you can recycle your waste.”
Annie Jackson
Community Engagement Specialist at ClwydAlyn

To take part in Spring Clean Cymru and find out more about other upcoming events, visit the Keep Wales Tidy website:

Caru Cymru has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.