PENARTH hit a 90 per cent success rate under its new recycling system, according to the leader of Vale Council Lis Burnett, who is introducing a radical new way to see how the council works.

According to Cllr Burnett only 10 per cent of recycling was rejected in Penarth under the new multi-piece separation system.

She then went on to show videos on her Facebook page of how the new recycling centre operates and invited the public to suggest what they would like to see next.

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Penarth was said to hit a 90 per cent hit rate under the new system

Your opportunity to see behind the scenes of the Vale Council

Cllr Burnett recently reported on the results of Penarth’s maiden performance under new recycling rules which now sees residents separate their rubbish into eight different containers.

Those eight containers are:

  • Grey caddy for glass and bottles;
  • Orange bag for cardboard;
  • Blue bag for mixed metals and plastics;
  • White bag for paper;
  • Small white bag for household batteries;
  • Green caddy for food waste;
  • Green bag for garden waste.

Cllr Burnett then released videos of how household waste is processed at the Vale’s new recycling centre, before taking the radical step of inviting the public further behind the scenes of the council.

“I’ve really enjoyed the comments and queries about our new recycling system,” said Cllr Burnett.

“I’ll make sure to let you know the progress. I feel that the videos and information have been popular so would love to know what you would like to see next.

“Is there a team or facility you’d like me to visit?

“Would you like to see inside one of our new schools under construction or to see how boring my office is. I’m in your hands. If you’d like to see another part of my job or the council please let me know.”

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Cllr Lis Burnett released footage of recycling behind the scenes

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Cllr Burnett has invited more suggestions for behind the scenes footage

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Plastic waste being recycled in the Vale

Generate electricity and liquid compost for local agriculture

After revealing Penarth’s initial success rate of recycling, Cllr Lis Burnett gave an insight into the Vale’s new waste and recycling facility.

Cllr Burnett showed footage of waste being sorted including plastic, cardboard and food waste -  which is put in an “anaerobic digester” to generate electricity and liquid compost that is used in local agriculture.

Cllr Burnett said: “I visited the Vale’s new waste and recycling facility to see how it’s working in the first week of operation.

“Each vehicle unloads twice a day and I hope the images and videos give an idea of what happens to your recycling. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

“Food waste has its own forklift to rotate and empty the section of the lorry into a container for transport to an anaerobic digester to generate electricity and liquid compost that is used in local agriculture.

“Cardboard is compacted into bales for transport to our processors.”