Posted on Friday 25th May 2012
Ever wondered where your rubbish goes? How the recycling is sorted? What will happen if you don’t recycle?
We have all seen the letters in the local paper and listened to various rumours telling us that recycling is a waste of time as “they” Rhondda Cynon Taf Council just throw it in landfill anyway – come and see for yourself exactly where your recycling and waste goes!
A local resident from Pontypridd, Carys Bowen, who was a recycling sceptic, took up the offer to go along to the Amgen-Cymru Visitor Centre and Landfill site at Bryn Pica, Llwydcoed in Aberdare to see if the rumours and letter were true.
During these special visits residents can discover lots of recycling secrets, visit a working land fill site, see how waste gasses are turned in to energy and witness first hand how waste can be used to create some great new items.
Carys said: “I must admit, before I visited the centre, I thought recycling was a waste of time, especially if you believed what people say! When I visited Bryn Pica, I couldn’t believe my eyes! First of all you drive up a long road which looks like your heading to the middle of nowhere. Then as you pull up to the centre you see the brightly coloured cabins specifically for educating younger residents about the world of Rhys Cycle (that’s the Council’s mascot).
“In the distance you can see the mountain of waste – it looks awful, I really couldn’t believe it. The Streetcare team then took me in to see where the recycling comes in (off the lorry) and where it goes to be sorted and told me all about how its packaged for collection and what my old plastic bottle could become – I was amazed to discover that my old battered plastic bottle could be turned in to a fleece jacket!
“I really wasn’t looking forward to the next bit – a 4x4 safari down to that mountain of rubbish! I jumped in the car and the driver told me to keep the window closed, I had no idea why! As we drove deeper in to the land fill site you could see that the Council had tried to cover up the former tip sites and make it more in-keeping with the natural environment. I could see some pipes sticking out and asked what they were – the driver told me that the gasses from the old waste is collected and used to power 3000 homes in the area – how mad is that!
“As the journey continued I was staring straight at the most disgusting thing I have ever seen – the landfill mountain, it was so awful, especially after finding out what can be achieved by recycling. I don’t know why I did it, but I opened the car window and soon discovered why the driver said not to! The smell was horrendous; imagine your household waste bin times a million. It was at that moment that I decided that I couldn’t be a disbeliever anymore and could not let my children grow up in a world full of landfill! Even now when I feel lazy and I think ah, I’ll just throw this glass jar in the normal bin, that image comes back to me and stops me from not recycling!
“If anyone out there thinks recycling is a waste of time – I would urge them to visit the centre and see just how many men and woman work tirelessly in all weathers to make our future brighter!
If you would like to visit the centre and find out what Carys saw for yourself - Sessions are available twice daily, 4 days a week, with each visit lasting approximately 2 hours.
Cabinet Member for Frontline Services Cllr Andrew Morgan said: “The Amgen-Cymru Visitor Centre is undoubtedly being well received by the many people who visit the site and learn more about the environment work they can participate in for the benefit of their community and the world at large.
“By seeing the equipment work for themselves and visiting the landfill site they will learn about what happens to their recycled waste, how it is sorted into different materials and how they can help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
“I would encourage all residents, schools and organisations throughout the County Borough to take the opportunity to visit the site and see for themselves the excellent work being undertaken by Rhondda Cynon Taf to increase our recycling rate year on year.”
Why not take the kids and beat boredom this summer – why not have a fun environmentally friendly day out down at the land fill site – yes the land fill site aka Rhys Cycle Safari!
If you would like to be part of this unique experience visits are open to everyone, including schools, colleges, groups and organisations, however bookings must be taken in advance, by contacting the Streetcare Team on 01443 827700.
Be prepared - This journey can get messy and sometimes muddy so remember to wear old clothes and suitable footwear (remember you will be visiting a landfill site).
For more information on recycling, waste, litter and keeping RCT Green call 01443 425001 or visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/waste