Council staff have produced a short video which
lifts the lid on exactly what happens to your recycling.
Miles Punter, Head of Visible Services (pictured right with
Vicky Lannen, Waste Awareness Officer) explains:
"Our staff have made this film on a shoestring budget to
educate, entertain and engage residents. It will give you
plenty of tips about how to recycle, introduce you to some of
our staff, and show you how your waste is sorted at
the council’s waste management contractors’ plant in Cardiff.
"It's vital that we all understand the difference that
diverting material from landfill can make because our actions
today will impact on generations to come."
Miles added: "So far, the tremendous efforts
of the residents have resulted in our being on the way to
beating our recycling targets a year early. Our target for 2015/16
is 58%, which I think is achievable much sooner. If this trend
continues, we could soon be leading the way on recycling throughout
the whole of Wales.
"By using video and social media, we hope our
film will reach a more diverse audience and give residents a simple
way to share the recycling message; encouraging even more people to
get on board with our popular co-mingling service.”
Phone: 01446 700111
Your questions answered
Question received via YouTube
The quantity of material collected may increase with
co-mingling, but has this increased the quantity of material that
is used in the manufacture of new products? Has the co-mingling had
any impact on the quality of material? Is glass used to make new
glass, or is it all just ground down to make sand for construction
How is collecting domestic grass cuttings, burning oil/diesel to
move it to and from the composting facility, sustainable?
our response here
Since this film was made...
Even more materials can be added to your weekly collections.
Great news that you can now include:
- Drained aerosols - please make sure they are empty, remove the
lid and place both items in your box
- Cartons - such as Tetra Pak. Typically products include juice,
soup and pet food pouches.
- Foil - please ensure that it is not contaminated with
food/drink or chemicals before included; this is due to stringent
health and safety rules at the Biffa site.