The Vale of Glamorgan Council is to bring together local residents, traders, voluntary organisations and other like-minded people to find new ways to tackle the litter problem at resorts such as Barry Island during the summer months.
Barry Island in particular attracts huge numbers of visitors during the summer months, but the recent Bank Holiday saw large amounts of rubbish left on the beach. Waste left on the sand at the end of the day included dirty nappies, leftover food, packaging and plastic bottles.
Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Council, said: “Our aim is to make our coastal resorts places that visitors want to visit time and time again. We love to see lots of visitors coming to the resort but the litter some leave behind is simply heart-breaking.
“The response from the public to the pictures posted online earlier this week made clear that there are many people that feel the same way. There are many people that care passionately about places such as Barry Island and so we think the best way to solve the problem is to work together to do something about it.
“This is why we are hosting the ‘litter summit’. Invitations have been sent to those that we know care about Barry Island and who will hopefully have great ideas for how we can all work better together to stop littering.”
The session will be held at Barry Island and the running order will cover what the Council currently does to deter littering, how the Council works to clean up waste left behind by visitors, and then an interactive session where ideas can be shared on how best to solve the littering problem.
Following the summit an action plan will be published setting out what will be done this summer to cut the amount of rubbish left behind.