Metal recycler, EMR, has joined forces with Cardiff Rivers Group, a community volunteer action group that aims to visibly improve the cleanliness of the rivers, streams and lakes in Cardiff and surrounding areas.
The partnership was launched at one of the group’s clean up events in preparation for the Volvo Ocean Race.
This prestigious yacht race takes the teams on a 45,000 nautical miles voyage around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark host cities. Cardiff is one of the host cities and is expected to attract 130,000 visitors to Cardiff during the stopover period of 27 May – 10 June. Cardiff Rivers Group have been keeping the city’s waterways clean throughout the event.
As part of the partnership, EMR has donated £1,799 for an electric motor for the group’s boat to help them clean hard to reach areas of the rivers.
EMR Area Manager, James Cross said: “At EMR we put a great deal of importance on supporting the communities that are close to our sites and we are delighted to have a partnership with an organisation that makes such a difference.
“Cardiff Rivers Group is a regular customer at our site located on Roath Dock within Cardiff Docks. We are extremely proud to be able to support a group that visibly improves the cleanliness and natural habitat in and around the waterways of Cardiff.”
Dave King, Treasurer of Cardiff Rivers Group said: “We are delighted to form a partnership with EMR and very grateful for their generous contribution. This funding will help us equip our new boat so we can reach more areas.
“As a voluntary group, we need to raise funds to enable us to provide volunteers with the correct tools and equipment to carry out their activities safely. We do this by applying for grants, selling the scrap metal we retrieve from watercourses and by securing sponsorship from local companies such as EMR. The support of local businesses is vital”