The Mermaid Quay management and soft services team, together with representatives of the Cardiff Bay community joined forces to help protect our coastline and rivers by taking part in a community litter pick on Monday 23 August. The volunteers, which included people from Cardiff Council/Harbour Authority, South Wales Police, Techniquest and the Wales Millennium Centre, walked the 5-mile Cardiff Bay trail collecting rubbish left after a busy summer weekend.

From refill and reuse on site, to simply getting rid of unnecessary plastic, Mermaid Quay has made progressive steps towards greater sustainability over the years. More information about our various initiatives can be found here, these initiatives are part of an ongoing mission to reduce our impact on the environment.

Part of the Surfers against Sewage (SAS) Million Mile Beach Clean campaign, the Cardiff Bay litter pick is a key element of Mermaid Quay’s drive to create a “Plastic Free Community” with accreditation from SAS for the Mermaid Quay Centre.

Keeping our Waterways Clean

Unfortunately, rubbish is not just found on the streets of Cardiff. Plastics find their way into the banks and waterways of the rivers which lead to Cardiff Bay and pollute marine life. Collecting rubbish along the banks of rivers and other waterways ensures that no plastics find their way into the oceans, where they destroy a great deal of marine life each year, including dolphins, seals, and seabirds.


Mermaid Quay is part of the REFILL app from City to Sea, helping visitors to save money, stay hydrated and help prevent plastic pollution at source by offering free refills for water bottles in selected businesses in the centre.

You can find a list of businesses currently participating here

About Surfers against Sewage

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