Monday, 16 April 2012

Get It Out For Cardiff; YMCA first collection

On Friday the Get It Out For Cardiff YMCA team undertook their first collection. I am thrilled to say that they collected 53 bags of re-usable items from our banks so approximately a third of a ton has been donated and saved from landfill already.

From left to right Andrew Jenkins YMCA manager,
Kieran McCann Student Liaison Officer, Lucy Prisk Waste Management

The Get It Out For Cardiff team working on the re-use charity side of the campaign launched the new partnership with 14 re-use banks installed and trialled across key student locations. The YMCA have joined the scheme and re-use banks will collect clothing, textiles, small electrical items, books, CD’s DVD’s year round.

The banks are located around Cardiff University, Cardiff Students Union, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Liberty Living and Victoria Halls across Cardiff a pin point map of the locations can be found here other sites are being identified and installed as the scheme progresses.

This allows the scheme to become a year round campaign that targets other key move out dates as well as the end of term. The YMCA will use the materials and any proceeds from the collections to directly reinvest in projects and services for homeless people at the Cardiff YMCA Housing Association.

Each year at the end of term Green Zones are installed across halls of residences and unions to collect re-usable items for charity. Last year the scheme to collect re-usable items that previously would’ve been destined for landfill was a resounding success with over nine tonnes of items collected.

The end of term Green Zones will work in conjunction with the re-use banks and continue to collect food for FareShare and kitchen items that will be stored over the summer by Cardiff Self Storage and sold at the start of term with all proceeds going to charity.

Get It Out For Cardiff is a Keep Cardiff Tidy partnership. The re-use campaign is lead by the cities Student Liaison Officer, Kieran McCann and Lucy Prisk from waste management. Kieran said:

“We are always looking at inventive ways to increase the scope of re-use so I’m delighted the YMCA has come on board with the partnership. This allows us to develop the scheme year round, increase re-use, continue to divert items away from landfill and benefit charities and the local community. This really showcases ongoing partnership commitments to civic pride and dedications to recycling”

Andrew Jenkins, YMCA manager said: “We are thrilled to be involved and come on board with such an innovative scheme. With the funds from donations we will develop more training placements on the YMCA Volunteer Scheme and invest in projects and services for homeless people at the Cardiff YMCA Housing Association. Our sincere thanks to Kieran, Lucy and the team for pulling this together”

Campaign information including pin point google maps of the locations of the Green Zones and YMCA banks can be founds via the website:

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