The Vale is one of the most improved councils for recycling in
17 April 2012
Recycling rates in the Vale of Glamorgan have improved by 15%,
making the Vale of Glamorgan Council the second most improved local
authority in Wales.
Municipal waste management statistics released
by the Welsh Government reveal that only one other council showed a
better improvement at 16%, when comparing recycling performance for
October to December for 2010 and 2011.
By April 2013, all local authorities are
required to have a year-end minimum achievement of 52% for reusing,
recycling and composting their municipal waste.
And figures show the Vale of Glamorgan has
achieved its target more than one year earlier than required by the
Welsh Government, by attaining 52% for the period from October to
Head of visible services Miles Punter praised
residents for making huge efforts to improve the Vale’s
Mr Punter said: “My thanks are extended to
every resident who takes time to conscientiously recycle, diverting
material from landfill sites; ensuring the benefit is both an
environmental and financial one.”
“This success is clearly down to the concerted
efforts of all involved. I am grateful for the hard work of our
excellent crews and our contractors Biffa and Cowbridge
“Introducing our fortnightly black bag service
and weekly co-mingled collections coupled with the addition of
three new materials - clean foil, rinsed cartons and empty
aerosols, has positively impacted on our performance in a very
“We are thrilled – the Vale is now in the top
third of best performing councils once again. By continuing to
working together we can only further improve. We constantly strive
to work towards the government’s Towards Zero Waste strategy,
reviewing our strategy regularly in order to meet the ambitious 70%
target in future years.”
There was further good news when a Welsh
Government report on end destinations for recycling revealed the
Vale of Glamorgan Council as having the lowest average
transportation mileage for its recycling of any council in
Waste in the Vale of Glamorgan travels just
nine miles on average, with most of the recycling being taken to
sites in Cardiff and Cowbridge.
However, the point of transfer for the
Vale of Glamorgan's recyclate is not in all cases its end
destination, as Biffa's Cardiff Materials Recycling Facility is
effectively a transfer station.
Operational manager for waste management and
cleansing Clifford Parish said: “Proximity to the collection area
is a factor in any selection process and we recognise that we are
very fortunate at the current time to benefit from recycling
facilities either in or just outside our geographic area.
“This does assist in reducing the
environmental impact of us undertaking our waste management
Both the Vale’s kitchen waste and garden waste
are recycled locally at Llwynhelig Farm, Cowbridge Compost, where
Vale residents are welcome to collect a free soil enhancer.
Contractors Biffa sort the Vale’s co-mingled
recycling at their materials recycling facility in Cardiff. Paper,
glass and cans are bundled separately before being transported.
For more information on recycling in the Vale
visit the council’s website at www.valeofglmaorgan.gov.uk/recycle, email
or phone 01446 700111.