Morfa Common Parc litter pick.
A group of 12 Geocachers gathered on Earth Day to do something more than switching their light off for Thirty minutes, they chose to litter pick an area between the River Seiont and Morfa Common Parc. This was a challenge as the lovely spot has unfortunately become a dumping ground for fly tippers as well as the seemingly ever present fast food containers, bottles and cans. A large trailer was filled to overflowing with 14 plastic bins filled with items for recycling. As well as the recycling at least 25 bags of non recyclable rubbish and many larger items were collected. Why anyone would dump such things as car wheels, an fully working umbrella, a door, part of a bathroom suite, 5 shoes plus numerous other items is a mystery to the litter pickers! All the collected ‘Trash’ was taken to Cibyn Recycling Centre in Caernarfon for disposal. At the completion of the event all were rewarded with hot drinks and a home made cake.
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. 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.