Monday, 22 June 2009

Noise Pollution Team Competition 2009 – your chance to win £500

Cardiff Council’s Noise Pollution Team are pleased to announce details of a new competition to celebrate Noise Action Week 2009. Entrants are being asked to create a short film no longer than 40 seconds, to raise awareness of Cardiff Council’s out of hours noise service and to promote considerate neighbour behaviour. They are appealing to all students particularly students interested in film, media and art to enter the competition to be in with a chance of winning £500 to promote noise awareness in Cardiff.

‘Silence is golden’ was never truer if your neighbour forgets that you are sharing a wall/community; not everyone likes loud music/constant shouting or noise bellowing down the road.

But now there is a more effective way than banging on the wall or ceiling to ‘turn it down!’ Noise Enforcement Officers from Cardiff Council are on duty from 7 pm onwards from Wednesday to Sunday operating as late as 3am on the weekends. This new out of hours service means officers can respond to incidents such as noisy parties and noisy neighbours; in extreme cases they can seize noise equipment.

If you have a problem with noise pollution contact Pollution Control 029 2087 1650. Outside office hours contact 101 to access the out of hour’s noise service.

The competition is sponsored by ‘Keylet’ a specialised student accommodation letting agency and the winner will receive a cash prize of £500. The chosen film will be used to promote noise awareness in Cardiff providing an excellent opportunity to showcase the talent of its creator.

Please note that this competition is only open to non-professionals and the content will be copyright protected by Cardiff Council. To register your interest please contact Pollution Control on tel: 029 2087 1650 as soon as possible.

FINAL entries must be received by 4pm on Monday 30th November 2009.

Monday, 8 June 2009


To deal with the build up of waste in Cathays, Plasnewydd and parts of Gabalfa, as the student population leave Cardiff for the summer holidays the Get it Out for Cardiff campaign 2009 is coming.

Now in its 5th year the campaign works closely with the Keep Cardiff Tidy partners including Cardiff digs and the three universities, Cardiff, UWIC and Glamorgan University, the scheme involves extra waste and recycling collections in Cathays, Plasnewydd, and parts of Gabalfa between June 12-14 and June 26-29.

Adam Painter UWIC president, Rebecca Rees Societies, Postgraduate and International Officer and Andy Button-Stephens Cardiff Student unions president encourage students from the three universities to take part.

The Salvation Army will be collecting clothes, shoes, bags, belts, bedding and textiles on Saturday June 13 and June 27, charity bags will be distributed to all houses in those areas. Cardiff digs is excited to announce that this new charity collection service has been extended to 20 halls of residences across the city including 11 at Cardiff University, six at Liberty Living halls and two at UWIC. Charity bins will also be located at these halls throughout June, so you can continue to get rid of unwanted items.

Cardiff digs is a partner backing the campaign and encourages students to take part in the scheme. There is a facebook page under Keep Cardiff Tidy groups – Get it Out for Cardiff which you can join and we are inviting students living in halls to spread the Get it out message by door knocking your neighbours to encourage participation.

'Green zones' have been set up in the unions to give out green bags/charity bags for recycling and inform you of waste collection days. Council Officers will be visiting properties in Cathays, Plasnewydd and parts of Gabalfa door knocking to inform you of the campaign and to give out charity bags and green recycling bags so look out for them so you can pick up recycling and charity bags.

Below is a list of the halls participating in the campaign with a location of the bins. You can collect charity bags at your receptions.

There are 20 different halls of residences participating so GOOD LUCK collecting – which hall will be the largest charity collector?!? We have a bit of healthy competition to become the GET IT OUT hall champion

JOIN OUR STREET TEAM – i.e. to go door knocking around the halls to drum up support and donations and encourage participation, see your reception for more details

Essentially you will need to be enthusiastic, sociable, willing to shout the GET IT OUT message. All you need is a loud voice and a lively attitude – you need to know the location of the bin, will be given extra charity bags to distribute and lots of praise for helping out – you will then be told to knock the doors of your hall to get people to CLEAR OUT WHEN THEY GET OUT.

Kieran McCann, Student Liaison Officer working in partnership with Cardiff Council, Cardiff, UWIC and Glamorgan universities, said:

‘The three universities are proud to support the campaign. We encourage all our students to participate and focus on recycling and donating unwanted clothing to the charity collection. This year we are especially excited to extend the charity collection to twenty halls around Cardiff and hope this will have a massive impact’.

Councillor Margaret Jones, Executive Member for Environment at Cardiff Council said: “The collection days have been organised to coincide with the Leavers Ball and the ending of housing tenancy contracts, with the intention to get all the waste out on the streets cleared and street cleansing teams in place to clean up any remaining litter.
“By organising specific collections we can remove the waste on the dates provided, to ease the disruption to other residents who live in these areas.”

Collection calendars will be distributed to letting agents, so they can provide information to new tenants about waste recycling days for the new academic year.

Lee Cecil, Wales’s representative for the National Landlord Association and Chair of the Landlords Forum in Cardiff said: “As a partnership, we will continue to educate landlords about Council services in order for them to actively encourage use of the facilities provided. Throughout the year, unwanted items accumulate naturally. This excellent scheme will remove this waste in a controlled way, avoiding spill- out onto the streets through out the summer period.”

Locations of Bins

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY (charity bins located at the laundry rooms)

Aberdare Hall.
Aberconway Hall
Cartwright Court
Senghennydd Court
Gordon Hall
Hodge Hall
Talybont North Talybont South Talybont Court University Hall
LIBERTY LIVING (charity bins located in reception or the common room)

Cambrian Point
Severn Point
The Bakery
Allensbank House
Tŷ Pont Haearn
Evelian Court

UWIC (charity bins located at reception)

Plas Gwyn