Our Waste Strategy Officer, Catherine Golightly and Caru Cymru Lead, Emma Watson wish to say thank you to everyone who visited their stall at the Victorian Christmas Market earlier this month.
The pair had a stall located outside St Giles Parish Church at the event on Thursday, December 10, and were delighted to see so many people on the day.
Together they handed out 250 blue sacks (for paper/cardboard recycling) and over 200 compostable food caddy liners, plus they got the opportunity to speak to over 200 people about recycling.
This was a fantastic result and the team are already thinking about doing something similar in the future, with an even greater push around recycling at the event itself.
“Very pleased with how it went”
Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “It’s fantastic that so many people came over to see our team. It was the first time we’ve had a recycling stall at this type of event and the general feel was positive, with lots of blue sacks and caddy liners being handed out. The team also made a note of any collection issues they were made aware of, so they can be followed up on. We’re very pleased with how it went and we can look to take recycling to more events in the future.”
Stall holders got involved too
A number of food vendors at the event were happy to accept kerbside foody caddies and compostable caddy liners from our team so they could recycle their food waste. The Phoenix Vegan Street Food, B Freeman’s Catering and The Rustic Cooks all gladly took part in this initiative.
Sellers and shoppers also made use of the various recycling bins located at the event which enabled recycling “on the go” for the first time.
Emma was also keen to raise awareness of the Keep Wales Tidy project, Caru Cymru, which aims to inspire everyone to take action and care for the environment.
The stall featured a Caru Cymru litter picking kit, and the team spoke to people who were unaware of the initiative with many of them expressing an interest in getting involved.
Emma Watson, Environment Education Quality Officer and Caru Cymru Lead, said: “For the first time since the beginning of this project, being able to chat with people about their interests and needs was a brilliant opportunity. Displaying our kit, which includes everything you need to take part in community clean-ups, drew people in with many surprised to learn they are all free of charge to use. Along with this, trialling the on the go recycling gave us an insight into people’s behaviour at organised events – it is definitely something we look forward to taking part in again. A massive thank you to everyone who attended and the organisers.”
Remember, any residents who need further liners can just tie a liner to the handle of their kerbside caddy on collection day and our operatives will leave you a new roll.
Or you can now collect at caddy liners at over 40 locations in Wrexham too.
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