LLANGYNYW Community Group has launched a war on waste after collecting 30 bags of rubbish from roads and lanes in the area.

With the increasing problem of litter in rural areas, residents are urging people to take their rubbish home.

Keep Wales Tidy, an environmental charity, and locals took on the challenge to clear beer cans, bottles, takeaway wrappers and all kinds of rubbish.

Jane Vaughan Gronow from Llangynyw Community Group said: “We are still shocked at how much litter we collected – 30 sacks is a huge amount! There needs to be some sort of campaign to stop people throwing litter from cars. If you are driving through, please just take your litter home.”

Keep Wales Tidy help volunteer groups by bringing equipment such as rubbish pickers, high-vis jackets and bin bags, and help organise waste collection with the county council.

Clean-up organiser, Mike Ostrowski, said: “The wonderful people of Llangynyw came to do the job and everyone lent a hand which left the lanes and verges a beautiful sight to see. We hope to keep the lanes clean and to repeat the big tidy up each spring. It’s good fun too!”

n If you have a problem with litter in your area, get in touch with Sue Newham, Keep Wales Tidy officer for North Powys on sue.newham@keepwalestidy.cymru or 07766 757145.