Here are things you can do to help us make Yr Wyddfa ‘Plastic Free’.
Yr Wyddfa is Wales’ busiest peak. Hundreds of thousands reach the summit each year. Unfortunately, like many popular destinations in the National Park, the mountain has become victim to plastic pollution.
What is ‘Plastic Free’ Yr Wyddfa?
Yr Wyddfa is the most popular mountain in Wales and litter is becoming a real threat to its sustainable future. Plastic waste in particular can be found littering the trails and surrounding areas, and if left unchecked, this problem will only worsen over time.
‘Plastic Free’ Yr Wyddfa is an important and ambitious step in protecting the mountain’s sustainable future.
Find out what you should pack to aid the campaign to make Yr Wyddfa the first plastic-free mountain in the world.
Introducing Bananacam—a solar-powered live feed of a banana peel biodegrading at altitude.
Legendary characters of the Mabinogion bought to life to inspire positive change on Yr Wyddfa’s slopes.
Why ‘Plastic Free’?
Plastic is a light, flexible and low-cost material that is practical for lots of uses. The world produces plenty of it too – almost 400 million tonnes a year.
Unfortunately, it has its drawbacks. Plastic is made from chemicals that come from the production of planet-warming fuels such as oil and gas. If not properly disposed of, it can have damaging effects on our wildlife and landscapes; and end up in our rivers and oceans, causing further harm. It can take hundreds of years to biodegrade, and even then, it only breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, called micro-plastics. Toxic microplastics can enter our water courses, and the food chain. A recent survey showed that soil samples from Yr Wyddfa already are made up of up to 5% microplastics.
By reducing plastic waste on yr Wyddfa we’re also shining a light on the broader issue of littering in in the national park. By designating Yr Wyddfa as a ‘Plastic Free Zone’, we can leverage the big impact of ‘Plastic Free’ messaging and raise awareness of the damage other waste types have on the mountain too (banana peels included!).
What does ‘Plastic Free’ mean?
Making Yr Wyddfa ‘Plastic Free’ can’t happen overnight, so the National Park Authority will be embarking on the ‘Plastic Free Path’ together with visitors, businesses and schools, and learning from each other to protect our mountain. The goal is to reduce the volume of single-use plastics sold, used, and discarded on and around Wales’ busiest mountain. The hope is to eliminate all unnecessary plastics from the waste-stream in the future!
Efforts will be focused on Single Use Plastics (SUP) for the project, as it’s these items that are found most often on Yr Wyddfa, as well as where we think we can immediately effect change.