Morfa Common Parc litter pick.
A group of Geocachers, staff from McDonalds, Gwynedd Council and the public braved the adverse weather conditions to litter pick the area around the historic Morfa Common Parc on Saturday 22 September 2018.
This is a challenge as the lovely spot has become a dumping ground for fly tippers as well as the seemingly ever present discarded bottles, cans and the overflow from a nearby recycling point. A point to note if a recycling bin is full please do not leave items next to it as they become wet and get scattered around around the locale and are no longer a gift but litter.
Over two hours a large trailer was filled to overflowing with 10 large plastic bins of recyclable litter and about 40 bags.
Among the recovered rubbish were several car wheel trims, a crash helmet, a tent, the remains discarded electronic items including an iPad.
All the collected recyclable items were taken to Cibyn Recycling Centre in Caernarfon for processing and non recyclable rubbish was left at agreed locations which Gwynedd council agreed to collect from. At the end of the event all were rewarded with a meal which was kindly donated by Caernarfon McDonalds and a home made cake made by one of the Geocaching team.
The organisers would like to thank Gwendd Council, Tidy Towns scheme who generously loaned the equipment, gave advice on safety and handling for the event, Tesco who provided parking. McDonalds sent a team of volunteer litter pickers lead by Phil Lowndes who generously provided a drink and a meal after the event which was much appreciated by all the participants.
This event was part of an international Cache In Trash Out (CITO) event which is an opportunity for geocachers to contribute to the well being of their local spaces and communities. At CITO Events, geocachers get together to plant trees, pick up litter, help with habitat restoration and more. Since 2002, CITO has helped preserve the natural beauty of cache-friendly spaces. In that time, more than 250,000 people have volunteered at 11,000 CITO events. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.
I have asked Jonathan Neil from Gwendd Council for the pictures that the photographer took, apologies if I missed anyone from pictures but it was a wet and busy day