The award-winning recycle and re-use scheme, Get It Out for Cardiff (GIOFC) is back for its 8th year.
Get it Out for Cardiff is the Cardiff Council initiative in association with Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan and Glamorgan University which helps students to clear out their rubbish at the end of the academic year. The aim is to re-use and recycle as much of it as possible!
The scheme includes extra recycling and waste collections in Cathays, Roath and Gabalfa over 3 weekends in June. You can put out extra recycling and waste on 3 Saturdays in June - the 16th, 23rd and 30th, applying the normal routine of presenting your waste no later than 6am on the day and no earlier than 4.30pm the previous day.
21 Green Zones have been set up across the city university sites where you can donate clothing, food (tins, packets, jars etc), small electrical items, books, CD’s, DVD’s and kitchen items (plates, mugs, utensils, pans etc) Any food collected will be re-distributed by Fareshare Cymru to relieve food poverty in our communities.
Kitchen items collected will be stored over the summer by our partners Cardiff Self Storage and sold at the start of term at heavily discounted prices with all proceeds going to charity.
In an exciting new partnership, GIOFC has teamed up with the YMCA who will provide re-use banks across Cardiff to collect clothes, shoes, bags, textiles, small electrical items, books, CD’s/DVD’s at the end of term and all year round, a first for GIOFC. The items collected will be used by the YMCA to directly reinvest in projects and services for homeless people at the Cardiff YMCA Housing Association.
Last year, 11 tonnes of re-usable items were collected and all the stops will be pulled out to beat that total in 2012.
Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Ashley Govier said, “GIOFC is a fantastic and innovative campaign run by a highly committed partnership team. Through this scheme, we work closely with Cardiff’s universities to give students a great opportunity to recycle, reuse and dispose of their waste in a responsible manner while making a valuable contribution to their communities and charities through our partners, Fareshare Cymru and the YMCA. The student community is an important and vibrant part of the Cardiff social landscape and I urge all students in the area to make use of the additional service and this fantastic reuse and recycling campaign to play an important part in making Cardiff a cleaner, greener and more sustainable city. I will follow the team’s progress closely and look forward to the results later in the summer.”
Student Liaison Officer and GIOFC organiser, Kieran McCann said, “I’m so excited by the potential of this years re-use. Our re-use and charity side of the campaign has gone from strength to strength. This year we have developed new partnerships with YMCA FareShare and Cardiff Self Storage to increase the availability of re-use donations with increased green zones and YMCA charity banks across the city. With the new partnerships in place, we are very confident we can beat last year’s excellent totals.”
The details of where the green zones and YMCA banks can be found on the GIOFC page on http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/getitout.htm