Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Environmental Champions come knocking

21 Environmental Champions including members from the: Community, Students Union, South Wales Police, Waste Management, Councillors, Cardiff Council and The Landlords Forum joined with students for the second recycling awareness walkabout.

Set up by, Student Volunteering Cardiff (SVC) and Keep Cardiff Tidy the scheme is a voluntary action group working on sustainability issues. The society is working on a range of action based initiatives around sustainability, initially concentrating on ensuring people are aware of their waste and recycling responsibilities

Last night the team were knocking on doors ensuring people in Cathays and Roath were aware that recycling (green bags) and food waste (brown caddy) is a weekly collection and residual waste (black bins and bags) is fortnightly. The team were advising people about the range of items that can be recycled and how to use their food waste caddies.

Chris Davies a co-ordinator for the scheme said:

“If people are correctly recycling and using their food waste caddies then there is a limited amount that needs to go into black bins/bags en route to landfill or that accumulates in frontages prior to the fortnightly collection. A lot of people were surprised with the range and amount of items that can be recycled here in Cardiff as it differs to their local authorities back home. We were pleased to be able to help and educate not just our students but local residents to avoid any fines that might be issued if people incorrectly present their waste”

Kieran McCann, cardiffdigs said:

“I am thrilled with the range of partners and support we received. It is great to see so many different agencies coming together help educate people. A real sense of community cohesion can be achieved if people understand their social responsibilities”

The environmental champions are always keen to attract any more willing volunteers and will continue working on recycling along with other sustainability issues including a forthcoming litter pick. For more information please visit:

For information on what you can recycle, how to use your food waste caddies and when to present your waste can be found here: People are reminded that a wall makes a world of difference. Rubbish cannot be collected if left inside the boundary of your property i.e. on your side of the property wall or in the garden. It must be placed on the pavement to ensure collection.

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