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, focussing 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.

Keep Wales Tidy’s Litter Champion scheme has been a great success over the past few years. There are now over 1,200 registered champions across Wales, who collectively litter-picked over 16,000 bags of rubbish in 2018-19! You make a huge difference to the quality of your local area and we are very grateful for your support.

As a result, Keep Wales Tidy has been inundated with requests for new champions. The scheme has become so popular we simply cannot cope with demand, so unfortunately, we are not signing up any new champions at this time. We are in the process of evaluating the scheme, ensuring all registered champions are active and investigating more sustainable and affordable ways to support individuals who want to look after their local area. We are also talking to potential funders/sponsors about the possibility of securing funding to re-open the scheme in the future.

Do not worry, we will continue to support our existing network of active champions. Keep Wales Tidy can still provide advice and free insurance to you, in return for data on your activities. 

Capturing data is crucial if we are to continue providing support and is a key requirement from our funders. In order to help us gather and utilise this data more effectively, we are introducing a new electronic recording system for champions. You can upload your data via the ‘epicollect’ app or website (see attached guidance docs). All active champions will now be required to use this system to submit their figures and Keep Wales Tidy can help you set it up on your phone/computer. 

This new reporting method:

Will allow us to map your activities and shows the location of all litter-picks conducted by champions across Wales
Is very quick and easy
Can be done whilst out on site (location captured automatically by GPS) If you have no signal you can save your entry and submit it from somewhere else when you get home.
Allows you to upload photos and videos
Enable us to share data with local authority partners
Reduces the time you spend submitting data to your Keep Wales Tidy officer, and drastically reduces the time they spend gathering and reporting data (so freeing them up to support more people)

For futher information contact Gareth Jones​ Project Officer Denbighshire 07824 504796

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