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Libraries check out new scheme to keep Swansea tidy

Library users are writing their own chapter in environmental activism - by tackling litter on Swansea Beach.

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Groups of friends, workmates and relatives are borrowing litter-pick equipment from the city's seafront Central Library and caring for the neighbouring sands.

They are also taking the equipment - supplied to the library by charity Keep Wales Tidy - to do litter picks in other areas of the city.

Robert Francis-Davies, the council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "I applaud the efforts of library users who go out and care for the environment.

"By taking the opportunity to borrow this apparatus - available to all in Central Library - they're showing a real passion for their home city.

"It's a council priority to maintain and enhance Swansea's natural resources and biodiversity - and actions such as these by the public are a big help in us achieving that."

The Keep Wales Tidy equipment for adults and children is also available at Townhill and Clydach Libraries where - as at Central Library - staff are enjoying their new role as fronting local litter hubs.

The hubs have been set up with the help of Welsh Government funding. Customers, community groups and businesses can borrow pickers, hoops and high-vis jackets before going out, picking litter and disposing of it responsibly back at the library.

In doing so they all play their part in keeping their community a cleaner and safer place to live, play and work. 

Kerry Pillai, litter hub manager at Swansea Central Library, said: "It's great for libraries to get involved with this; the feedback from the public has been really positive.

"The process to borrow the kit is straightforward and it's fantastic for everybody to be aligned with such great environmental champions like Keep Wales Tidy."

Keep Wales Tidy encourages individuals and groups to take local ownership in order to improve environmental quality. Access to equipment helps new and existing groups become more sustainable and helps them to work independently.

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Photo: Swansea Library staff on a litter pick with equipment supplied by Keep Wales Tidy.

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