Plastic crates, bottles, buckets and cones litter Cardiff Bay after heavy rains

Large amounts of rubbish have appeared in Cardiff Bay as rain continues to fall in Cardiff. The debris, which will have travelled down the rivers Taff and Ely into the Bay, washed up on the inner edge of the Cardiff Bay Barrage.

A glance at the rubbish shows traffic cones, plastic crates, water bottles, buckets and other containers among the silt, dirt and tree branches that have washed up. At one point, halfway across to Penarth, a full-sized walker for a child or toddler is visible.

Local guide It’s On Cardiff posted images on Twitter which show even bigger items washed up on the Barrage. It is understood that the water levels in Cardiff Bay are decreased by the Cardiff Harbour Authority routinely when river flows go above certain levels due to heavy rain, which may be a factor in why so much has washed up.

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This litter, which has ended up in the river as far up as the Valleys, always ends up in Cardiff Bay one way or another. A Cardiff council spokesperson highlighted that every year the Harbour team, supported by volunteers, clears about 500 tonnes of waste from the water and the banks.

A lot of this rubbish was still visible in the Bay on Thursday afternoon, after water levels looked to have risen again. The heavy rain has been coming down across Wales – you can find the latest weather updates here.

Lots of plastic was visible in the piles of dirt and silt
Lots of plastic was visible in the piles of dirt and silt
(Image: Ben Summer / Media Wales)
As well as the bigger items there were lots of small ones
(Image: Ben Summer / Media Wales)

Flood warnings are in place across Wales after the Met Office issued a yellow warning for heavy rain. The warning covers all of south Wales and a large section of mid Wales.

The weather warning reads: “A spell of persistent rain will begin on Wednesday evening, spreading east across parts of England and Wales through Thursday. The rain is expected to be heavy at times, particularly across higher parts of southwest England and Wales, while periods of lighter, more intermittent rain are possible away from high ground.”

A child's toy trapped under a branch
A child’s toy trapped under a branch
(Image: Ben Summer / Media Wales)
The council clears hundreds of tonnes of rubbish per year
The council clears hundreds of tonnes of rubbish per year
(Image: Ben Summer / Media Wales)

Natural Resources Wales has issued a number of flood warnings as a result of the rain. You can read more about them here.

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