Keep Wales Tidy's funding for the Tidy Towns initiative has come to an end and we are entering a new phase of community engagement through the Caru Cymru project. This is a partnership project with communities and Local Authorities throughout Wales, focusing on prevention of Local Environmental Quality issues and behaviour change. 

Keep Wales Tidy realises that we need to work in a different way if we are going to effectively tackle the issues that really matter to communities, by putting more specific programmes in place to stop people littering and fly-tipping rather than continually cleaning up after them. 

We will still be available for help, support and advice and our officers will still be contactable in the usual way, however, we will have limited resources in terms of the kit we can issue for clean-ups and the time our officers can give to one-off events; they won’t be able to attend litter-picks as they may have done previously. 

Our support for community groups will alter from hands-on support at regular clean-ups to encouraging volunteers to form their own group – helping them to become sustainable and work independently. We will also be able to offer support to groups who want to undertake litter prevention activities e.g. identifying and stopping litter sources and behaviour change campaigns. Registered, constituted community groups will still be able to benefit from the Keep Wales Tidy insurance scheme. 

In addition, we will support community activity through: 

  • Establishing a network of litter picking hubs across Wales, where equipment can be borrowed, information provided on health and safety, and assistance given to help arrange collection of waste from clean-ups. The hubs are in the process of being set up and a map listing all locations will soon be available on the Keep Wales Tidy website.
  • Two national annual clean up campaigns; Spring Clean Cymru (March/April) and Marine Clean (September/October). We hope that with your support these events will continue to be as successful as ever.
  • Helping volunteers form their own litter picking group. Keep Wales Tidy officers can help with constitutions, provide free insurance for the first year and signpost you to funding sources to enable you to purchase your own equipment.

We hope you understand this new approach and continue to work with us to keep our Wales beautiful, clean and safe.

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