Bridgend Ravens and Bridgend County Borough Council

Ravens swap line-outs for litter-picking

Bridgend Ravens will swap line-outs for litter-picking, after the club signed up with Bridgend County Borough Council to promote cleaner streets and recycling.

Bridgend County Borough Council have recently joined Bridgend Ravens’ ever increasing group of commercial partners, after the Ravens pledged their support to the local authority’s ‘Love It, Don’t Trash It’ project and WRAP Cymru’s ‘Be Mighty’ campaign.

Promotional messages will feature on advertisement boards around the perimeter of the Timbuild Brewery Field and in the new Matchday Magazine, plus there will be regular engagement via Bridgend Ravens’ social media channels. Members of the playing squad will also take part in community activities across the season, such as litter picks and recycling initiatives.

Craig Thomas, Bridgend Ravens’ commercial manager, said: “As a club, we are very much aware of our responsibilities to both the community and the environment, so it was fantastic to secure a partnership of this nature with Bridgend County Borough Council. This is one of our early steps in becoming a ‘greener’ club, but we already have other plans in process, including an electric hybrid team van and a more efficient way of recycling outdoor friendly cups on matchdays. I know from previous first-hand experience, how committed the BCBC team are at promoting recycling and cleaner streets across the county borough, and it will be great to get the players involved in some of the local, hands-on initiatives, which will hopefully help inspire others. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Angela Tozer and Joanne Choat for all their hard work and commitment in putting this agreement together.”

The ‘Love It, Don’t Trash It’ campaign is a joint collaboration between the council, Keep Wales Tidy and local community councils. It aims to urge people not to drop litter and highlights the consequences of it.

WRAP Cymru’s ‘Be Mighty’ campaign aims to get Wales from third to number one in the world at recycling. The campaign will be supporting Recycle Week which takes place from 20-26 September and is the largest national annual recycling campaign, now in its 18th year.

Bridgend County Borough Council Deputy Leader Hywel Williams said: “Over the past decade, our recycling rates have soared and campaigns such as ‘Love It, Don’t Trash It’ and ‘Be Mighty’ play a huge part in raising awareness around recycling and the effects of littering.”

Bridgend Ravens and Bridgend County Borough Council

Pictured above are: Iestyn Merriman (Bridgend Ravens), Councillor Stuart Baldwin (Cabinet Member for Communities), Ronnie the Raven, Councillor John Spanswick (Mayor), Sian Hooper, (Cleaner Streets and Waste Contracts Manager), Tony Williams (Bridgend Ravens Secretary) and Members of the Cleaner Streets and Waste Services Teams