Inspired by Visit Wales’ Year of the Sea, we’ve teamed up with Green City Events to raise awareness of the problems of plastic waste and to encourage more people to recycle.

By taking part in the #savethemermaids campaign, you’ll have the chance to meet some mermaids and find out how you could make some very small changes that will make a very big difference. And, here’s the best bit, you’ll even have the chance to have your very own mermaid makeover!


Throughout the summer, the mermaids will be touring some of Wales’ biggest running events. Local artist Antonia Salter made our incredible mermaids from different types of plastic that are used in our everyday lives. You really have to see it to believe it – come and see what plastics you can spot!

Where will the mermaids be?

The mermaids will be at five major running events in South Wales this year. Find their colourful tent in the runner’s village:

Sunday 25th March – Cardiff Bay Run
Sunday 29th April – Newport Marathon
Sunday 24th June – Swansea Half Marathon
Sunday 5th August – Barry 10k
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October – Cardiff Half Marathon


What can I recycle and where?

Find out what you can recycle at home and near you with this handy recycling locator.