New signs designed by a primary school pupil urging people to not drop litter and highlighting the consequences of it have been placed onto bins and lamp-posts throughout Cornelly, Pyle, Kenfig Hill and Cefn Cribwr.
Mazie-May from Mynydd Cynffig created the winning design as part of the ‘Our Community… Love It, Don’t Trash It!’ campaign, a 12-week project which took place in six primary schools earlier this year.
The design contrasts two scenes, one with litter and one without, next to the slogan ‘Stop dropping, start picking’. It is also due to appear on a flyer which will soon be delivered to households in the area.
The campaign is a joint collaboration between Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC), Keep Wales Tidy and the local Cornelly, Cefn Cribwr and Pyle community councils, together with SeaQuest.
It involved Afon Y Felin, Cefn Cribwr, Corneli, Mynydd Cynffig, Pil and Ysgol Y Ferch O’r Sger.
As part of the project, children took part in a survey around nearby streets and parks, recording all the different types of litter they found, and doing their own litter pick. Meanwhile around 250 children took part in one of SeaQuest’s beach days.
They then used their experiences as inspiration to create posters urging people to not drop litter and highlighting the consequences of it.
The Deputy Leader, Cllr Hywel Williams said: “It is brilliant to see the new signs now in place across the community, encouraging residents and visitors to bin their waste.
“Over the last few months, during the coronavirus pandemic, our street cleansing teams have continued to play a vital role across the county borough emptying public bins, ensuring streets are kept clean and clearing away fly-tipping.
“As the ‘stay local’ requirement is now lifted and beauty spots start to reopen, we ask people to take their litter home if they’re unable to dispose of it in a litter bin. There is no excuse when it comes to dropping litter.”
The ‘Love It, Don’t Trash It!’ campaign which first began in Porthcawl last year has been moving across the county, with schools in Brackla having recently been involved and another planned next year in the Ogmore Valley.