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Launch of the Ceredigion plastic and packaging reduction scheme

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(L-R) Cardigan Bay Marine Protected Area Officer, Melanie Heath; ‘The Beach Hut’ owner, Jane Arrow; ‘Caffi Patio’ owner, Merv Palframan and Richard Thomas from Welsh voluntary environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy

ON 16 April 2019, the Ceredigion plastic and packaging reduction scheme was launched. The scheme is carried out by Ceredigion County Council’s Conservation and Waste Management Teams, together with the Welsh voluntary environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy.

The scheme has been established with funding from Natural Resources Wales (NRW), in an attempt to both raise awareness and to try and reduce the increasing amount of plastic that makes its way into the marine environment. The aim is to encourage businesses, particularly cafes and take away outlets, but also other organisations including schools to rethink their plastic use and to reduce both their packaging and plastic use.

The scheme has various accreditation certificates which are distributed to businesses depending on the actions that have been taken. The first accreditation certificates have been awarded to the owners of ‘The Beach Hut’ and ‘Caffi Patio’ in Llangrannog. Both cafés are committed to reducing their packaging, providing sustainable packaging, not offering single use sauce sachets and providing customers with free water refills.

Melanie Heath, Cardigan Bay Marine Protected Area Officer, said, “We piloted a marine litter reduction project in Llangrannog in 2016, in collaboration with Keep Wales Tidy. This pilot project was a success, and as a result we have now received funding from NRW to roll out an accreditation scheme to encourage businesses and other organisations throughout Ceredigion to reduce both their plastic and packaging use.”

Linda Ashton, Senior Partnership, Access and Recreation Officer, Natural Resources Wales said “Cardigan Bay is a Special Area of Conservation that is home to a rich variety of marine plants and animals like harbour porpoises, bottlenose dolphins and grey seals. It’s also a great place for people to visit and enjoy the outdoors. It’s fantastic to see projects like this that help more people learn about the marine environment and encourage long term behaviour change that will help reduce the amount of plastic waste in Wales.”

For more information or to apply for the accreditation award please contact melanie.heath2@ceredigion.gov.uk or Alison.Heal@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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