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Abandoned shopping trolleys fished from River Tawe in joint operation

Clean-up teams in Swansea Council are joining forces with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service to retrieve dozens of shopping trolleys from the River Tawe.

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A recent survey of a section of the river has highlighted around 60 shopping trolleys that have been thrown in by members of the public.

The Fire Service has said that the trolleys cause a hazard for its rescue crews when it is carrying out operations along the river. They have now offered to use one of their river boats to retrieve the items which will be collected and disposed of by Swansea Council.

Gail Smith, Head of Response, Swansea County Command, said: "The dumping of shopping trolleys into the Tawe River is a great risk to all users of the river and especially to wildlife.

"Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue crews regularly train on the River Tawe with boats from Swansea Central Station and this particular issue is a major hazard to Fire and Rescue crews when conducting rescue operations on the river.

"We are delighted to be working side by side with Swansea Council, and Natural Resource Wales to clean up the river way.

"I would like to take this opportunity to ask everybody who uses a shopping trolley to return it to the shop in a safe and responsible manner."

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Environment & Transportation, said: "It's a shame that this sort of operation is necessary in the first place.

"The river is no different to other parts of our city in terms wanting to take pride in its appearance and ensure it is litter free.

"It's particularly difficult to tackle this sort of fly tipping so joining forces with the fire service makes it easier to remove objects that shouldn't be in the water.

"I would urge members of the public who think dumping large objects such as shopping trolleys in the river to think twice about their actions. It's irresponsible and can create unnecessary dangers in the water for those that use it."

The Council is siting disposal facilities near Swansea Sub Aqua Club during the operation and will be disposing of all the trolleys taken out of the river.

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