Residents in Llantwit Major in south-east Wales took part in a giant community clear-up and recycling day held by Lovell and Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Lovell and the council teamed up to provide skips for the day, enabling people in the Nicholl Court area to dispose of their unwanted clutter for free. Part of local moves to counter the problem of fly-tipping, the environmentally-friendly event also allowed some items to be recycled and passed on for others to use.
Local residents filled a total of six skips which were all funded by Lovell. A number of items unwanted by their previous owners were re-homed and some are set to be refurbished and used for community projects. The council’s Housing Management and Waste Management teams used the event to consult with residents on waste disposal and recycling, with 50 free food recycling kerbside bins given out on the day, along with food caddies and rolls of bags. Staff from Lovell subcontractor SAM Drylining also lent a hand, helping residents dispose of items and providing transport to collect heavier goods.
Lovell is working in the area helping carry out a major housing refurbishment programme for the council, undertaking internal and external upgrades to homes. Lovell community liaison officer Claire Westaway says: “There’s an extremely strong community spirit locally as this highly successful event demonstrated, with a large number of residents making use of our skips and keen to recycle waste. The work which we’re doing with the council on its housing refurbishment programme is all about improving homes and the wider area, so we very much wanted to support residents with the community clear-up. People appreciated having help with getting rid of their clutter – particularly bulkier items – and it was good to see some of the items which were thrown out being re-homed and given a fresh lease of life.”
Some of the toys that were collected in the clear-up, including trikes, a sand pit and other play equipment, have already found a new home at Ysgol Y Deri, a special school in Penarth which caters for 250 pupils aged three to 19 with a range of physical and learning needs and autism, from across the Vale of Glamorgan.
“The equipment is great and is already being put to use,” says Sue Williams, Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship co-ordinator at Ysgol Y Deri. “Seeing it get a new lease of life at the school – rather than being thrown away – also fits in really well with the work that our pupils have been doing to promote recycling.”
Cllr Gwyn John, Cabinet Member for Visible, Leisure and Regulatory Services, comments: “Vale residents are lucky to be able to enjoy some of the cleanest streets in Wales but unfortunately there are still some areas afflicted by littering and fly-tipping. We often work with voluntary and community groups to tackle this. It was great to spend the day with people who care so much about their local area and even better to hear some of what was collected is now being used at Ysgol Y Deri. Hopefully this work will help to educate others than we all have a role to play in keeping our streets clean.”