Lord Lieutenant Kate Thomas meets councillors and Council staff in Glyncoch
A project to make Glyncoch near Pontypridd a cleaner, greener place to live in is shifting up a gear – with the arrival of a new recycling vehicle for the community.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s pioneering Green Glyncoch initiative was launched in 2009 with the aim of turning the village of Glyncoch into a ‘Zero Waste Area’, where at least 95 per cent of residents recycle both their dry recyclables and their food waste, and respect their environment.
Recycling levels have increased greatly over the past four years and residents have also supported activities such as litter-picking and good dog ownership schemes.
Green Glyncoch has focused on improving the environmental aspects in the village, whilst also providing on-the-ground training for people through the Future Jobs Funding Programme.
In the latest stage of the project, a source segregated recycling collection service will be trialled in partnership with the community. A vehicle has been provided by The Welsh Government and the trial service will be managed by the Council’s Streetcare team who will provide a project manager and a driver, whilst community volunteers will collect and sort dry recyclables on a weekly basis.
From January 2014, all dry recycling and food waste will be collected and sorted using the new vehicle. The materials will be sent to the Council’s Bryn Pica waste recycling centre in Aberdare and any money raised as a result of the sale of the materials will be given back to the community to use on environmental projects in the village. The Council is looking to run the project from existing budgets so it is sustainable in the long-term.
Lord Lieutenant for Mid Glamorgan, Kate Thomas, visited Glyncoch Community Centre to meet local residents, councillors and Council staff and find out more about the project, and was impressed with what she saw.
Glyncoch ward councillor Cllr Doug Williams, who attended the awareness-raising event, said: "People are optimistic about the Green Glyncoch project. There is a clear will for the project to succeed and with the enthusiasm and commitment of all involved, I am confident Glyncoch will become a village we can all be proud of.
"We are working together with the ultimate aim of proudly announcing Glyncoch as the country’s first zero waste village – a title so many other communities will want to attain."
Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Frontline Services, Cllr Andrew Morgan, who also attended the event, said: "The ongoing success of this initiative is testimony to the hard work of Council staff and their partners in continually raising awareness throughout the village and the residents, who are enthusiastically supporting the project."
For further information on the project please call Rhondda Cynon Taf Streetcare Services on 01443 827712.
Earlier this year, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council changed from a weekly to a fortnightly bin collection with all recycling remaining weekly. Participation work undertaken over one month in Glyncoch showed that over 95 per cent of properties took part in dry recycling at least once in the month and 71 per cent in the food scheme over the same period.