Two secondary schools in Bangor will shortly be working with Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns scheme and a local Gwynedd Councillor to help raise awareness of the littering problem in the area.
As part of the project, Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns team and local Councillor Elin Walker Jones will work with staff and pupils from Ysgol Friars and Ysgol Tryfan to develop a way of tackling the littering problem on local paths.
Gwynedd Council Tidy Towns Officer, Jonathan Gwyn Neale, said: “Over the winter months we’ve had complaints from residents of a serious litter problem on some paths in the area. The problem became so bad in one location that we had to employ a contractor to remove the litter, and now it’s been cleared we need to invest in educating those responsible so we’re not back to square one again.”
Councillor Elin Walker Jones, who represents Bangor’s Glyder ward on Gwynedd Council, noted: “I’m grateful to Tidy Towns for leading on this initiative, and we’ll be working together to involve ideally all secondary-school-aged children in this campaign. Our local group of litter-picking residents is really pleased to hear that most age groups will now be contributing something towards keeping our community clean and tidy.”
Neil Foden, Headteacher at Ysgol Friars, said: “We look forward to working with Tidy Towns in this exciting initiative. Environmental education is an important part of a child’s development into adulthood, especially in this age of awareness of litter affecting our planet.
“We are delighted that our pupils will be able to contribute towards alleviating this problem in Bangor.”
Ysgol Tryfan Headteacher, Gwyn Tudur, said: “As a school we welcome this joint approach to dealing with the littering problem in Bangor, and especially as our pupils will be involved creatively in the project.
“Our young people will suffer most in future from environmental problems we are causing today so the incentive is there for them to contribute, as I’m sure they will.”
Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal services, Councillor Gareth Wyn Griffith, added: “It’s great that Tidy Towns is working with children of all ages in Gwynedd to help improve awareness of littering problems. This project is very much a two-way thing, where young people learn but also contribute to the process of improving their local and wider environment.”
Those who discard litter in a public place are committing a crime. Anyone found guilty of littering in any public place could face a court summons and a fine of up to £2,500.
For more information about Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns scheme or if you would like to start your own community group contact the team on 01766 771000 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to request a community pack.
Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns scheme is funded by a Welsh Government grant which aims to improve Wales’ local environment.
Some of the litter by Friars School collected during the recent clearance contract.