Residents show their appreciation to the waste collection crews


Parents and children have started sending personal messages to their waste collection crews by attaching pictures and messages to their green recycling bags and black wheeled bins.

Yesterday (March 30), residents living in Pentyrch, Radyr, Fairwater and Creigiau have attached morale boosting pictures and captions to their bins and waste bags - many with the simplest but most welcome message ‘thank you'.

During the public health crisis - with the exception of garden waste - Cardiff Council has moved to weekly kerbside collections. This is to ensure that there isn't a build-up of waste on the city's streets.

Cllr Michael Michael, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Recycling and the Environment, said: "With this ongoing pandemic, our waste crews are doing their best in very challenging conditions.

"At a time like this, keeping morale high in our workforce is very important and the crews are very grateful indeed for the messages that they have received. It's just fantastic to see children and probably a few adults too leaving messages for the crews to show their appreciation.

"The Council aims to carry on delivering essential services to residents during the outbreak. But to do that we need residents to follow the instructions which have been given on how they should present their waste.

"We've moved to a single weekly collection for everything but garden waste. The energy from waste plant can't accept it.

"I know some residents will have questions on how things are working and answers to many of those are availablehere

"Crucially, the Council is also diverting crews so that we can concentrate on removing NHS waste throughout the emergency. With news that the Principality Stadium is also being turned into a hospital, the Council is preparing plans on how we will service this new facility.

"We are doing all that we can with the stretched resources available. This is why we need people to work with us and understand why we have had to suspend garden waste collections. And had to change the way we are dealing with waste for now. We will return things to normal as soon as we can.

"It's also important people continue to recycle and use their green bags for this. We will be returning to a normal recycling process as soon as we can and it's important we don't break the habit of recycling correctly. Cardiff is one of the best recycling cities in the world and we want to be the best in the world.

"By working together we can all play a part in ensuring that waste is removed from the city's streets safely and as quickly as possible."