Behind the scenes at Lamby Way

Ever wondered exactly what happens to your rubbish when you put it out for recycling?

Well, now's your chance to find out.

Lamby Way will have an open day on August 28thbetween 10.30am and 4.30pm, with the opportunity for residents to see how their waste is recycled in Cardiff.

All of the recyclable waste collected from residents' homes is processed through a Materials Reclamation facility (MRF), which separates the different products by size and weight using rotating cogs, axles and conveyor belts.

Tours of the recycling facility are available on the day but spaces are limited so residents are asked to pre-book by by calling 02920 717500.

Councillor Michael Michael, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets and Recycling has endorsed the event, as it is hoped when residents see the plant, they will be more encouraged to recycle as much of their waste as possible.

Cllr Michael said: "Historically, the majority of Cardiff's rubbish was buried in a landfill site but Cardiff is now one of the highest recycling cities in the UK.

"Lamby Way landfill site is now full and has been closed and general waste is now processed through a state-of-the-art energy recovery process to create green electricity and further recycling.

"As well as the tour of the recycling facility, residents will have the opportunity to have a tour of the closed landfill site to see how their waste used to be managed as well as find out and contribute to the future plans for this land."

Other attractions on the day include the chance to see the birds of prey which are used by the Council to control seagulls at Lamby Way, as well as some of Cardiff's vehicles which are used to collect waste.

Staff from the council's recycling team will be on hand to answer any questions and compost bins and water butts will also be on sale at the open day.

Cllr Michael continued: "The way the council manages waste has been transformed in the last 15 years. Recycling is so important, so there is no better way to encourage people to recycle even more than to show them the recycling plant that processes their waste so they see how the products are separated, then baled so they can be made into new products."