Posts in Category: Engagement

One Conwy 

Conwy's previous Community Strategy set a long term Partnership vision for how Conwy planned to improve from 2004-2014. This Strategy is now 8 years old, but will be in existence until 2013. With this in mind the process of reviewing and updating the strategy began in earnest in 2010. The Welsh Government issued statutory guidance to support this process in 2009 under Part 2 of the Local Government Wales Measure.

This guidance recommended that those responsible for the Community Strategy ‘should involve the community throughout the community planning process … ensuring all involvement is continual and meaningful’.
 

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 Posted by Good Practice Wales
  24/02/2016   Categories: Engagement Participation Cymru
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Wrexham County Borough Council Metal Matters Campaign 

Campaign carried out in partnership with industry to promote metal packaging recycling and thereby improve capture rates for metal at the kerbside

Metal Matters was developed and is funded by the metal packaging manufacturing industry, reprocessors and fillers.  The programme works in partnership with local authorities and their waste collection partners to promote metal packaging recycling and thereby improve capture rates for metal at the kerbside.  The project hoped to see an increase in metal recycling tonnage collected from households and bring sites across the County Borough. 
Waste Awareness Wales and Alupro approached Wrexham Council’s Waste Strategy Team to establish the partnership that would deliver the Metal Matters Campaign across Wrexham.

 

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 Posted by Good Practice Wales
  06/10/2015   Categories: Engagement Environment and sustainability Resource Efficiency Reuse Waste Awareness Wales
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Newport City Council - Increasing Recycling: Waste Awareness Wales (WAW) Project 

Campaign to increase recycling rates for food as well as dry recycling via a targeted approach

The aim of this project was to increase recycling rates for food waste and dry recyclate
through a targeted approach. The following projected outcomes were sought:

  • 5% increase in participation rates for dry recycling. 4% tonnage increase for dry recyclate.
  • Tonnage saved from landfill / disposal estimated 228 tonnes per annum.
  • Landfill tax / disposal costs saved £18,240 per annum.

The WAW Segmentation Toolkit was used to determine the most cost effective method of
reaching householders who were encouraged to recycle more food and dry recyclate and the
effectiveness of door stepping was monitored and evaluated.
Staff members were trained to plan and conduct a doorstepping campaign, to understand its
role in improving recycling rates - this contributed towards ‘Green Growth’.

Participation monitoring was done on four different routes each day over the course of a
week; this was repeated for three weeks, after which, officers were able to identify and visit
properties failing to recycle during the monitoring period. A further three weeks of participation
monitoring took place after completion of the door stepping phase.
The Full House Recycling campaign ran during February and March and the following
additional actions were also carried out:

  • Press release about the door stepping campaign which appeared in the South Wales Argus and on the council’s website.
  • Design and print of a Full House Recycling Guide for residents in pilot areas.
  • Supplement in Newport Matters replicating the recycling guide for all Newport residents
  • Featured content on the homepage of the council website about recycling around the home.
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Newport City Council - Participation monitoring and targeted food waste recycling promotion 

Identifying low participation and engaging to increase use of the Food Waste recycling service

Source segregated recycling is the recommended method for collection by Welsh Government.
In order to ensure recycling targets are met, we need to focus on non-participating
households, specifically in relation to food waste. For the first time we have come close to
missing the LA’S BMW target, and have lower food waste tonnages than other similar
authority areas (e.g. Bridgend). We need to find out the reasons for this low tonnage, and
identify ways to address these barriers.
We undertook a specific campaign, targeting the non-participating households. No
participation data for the food waste kerbside collections had previously been collected, and it
was essential that our efforts were focussed in areas where they are needed most.
We currently provide a blue box for paper, textiles and small electrical items, a green box for
cans, glass and plastics, a clear bag for plastics and a small and large brown food caddy for
food waste. The bin for garden waste and cardboard was not included in this project.
Project Aims:

  • To undertake participation monitoring to identify non-participants in the food waste collection scheme, and to use this data to target these non-participants.
  • To increase participation in the food waste collection scheme.
  • To identify the main barriers to recycling food waste for Newport residents
  • To ascertain whether door knocking is a valid engagement tool in Newport.
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Bridgend County Borough Council – tackling contamination in communal recycling bins 

Addressing the contamination issues in Wildmill where communal bins are used with a communications campaign

Wildmill has Bridgend’s largest area of high density housing and flats with approximately 700 properties of ex council social housing owned by Valleys2Coast. The area is landlocked and unable to be serviced by a kerbside waste collection. The area has 29 communal recycling points at convenient locations to help residents recycle plastics, cans, food waste, paper and glass. Unfortunately, due to the design of the recycling vehicle for estates and its capacity, it is not possible to provide a container to help residents recycle their cardboard.

Bridgend’s waste contractor Kier had been experiencing continual problems at Wildmill where recycling bins were being contaminated by mixed materials, generally cardboard in the paper bin or food waste being disposed of in plastic carrier bags.

There are operational issues when collections crews identify wrong materials present, then the contaminated bins were left unemptied. Kier would then reroute a trade vehicle to empty the bin when that vehicle was available. This was perceived by residents as Kier was ‘not caring’, not wishing to empty the recycling bins or that the bins needed to be serviced more regularly. This also caused a knock on effect for Valleys2Coast as residents would then leave their waste at the communal recycling points when they found that the recycling bins were full, causing a litter problem for their staff. The communal recycling bins at Wildmill are emptied twice a week.

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Cardiff Council - Waste Awareness Wales sponsored Food Waste Project (October 2014) 

Doorstepping and monitoring

Current situation in Cardiff:

  • 146,000 households
  • Diverse population – affluent north, less affluent inner city
  • 44,000 students (12.7%)
  • Diverse cultures (15 different languages identified)
  • Recycling rate 51%

Aims & Objectives:

  • 15% increase in food waste tonnages
  • 400 tonnes diverted from landfill
  • 10% increase in recycling in each targeted area
  • £40,000 landfill tax avoided
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 Posted by Good Practice Wales
  19/08/2015   Categories: Engagement Environment and sustainability Waste Awareness Wales WLGA
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Pembrokeshire County Council - Food Waste Communications Project 

Doorknocking, survey and leaflet drop

Pembrokeshire County Council employs a small team of waste advisors who carry out a range of education and awareness activities including door knocking.  Door-knocking activity was planned following surveys of participation and set out rates and was targeted at non-participators and households who present recycling infrequently.  To date awareness raising at the door step has focused on recycling participation and not waste minimisation and has generated an improvement in participation and set out rates.  These campaigns have focused on non-engaging residents and using the results this historically tends to be the lower socio economic households i.e. those in ACORN group 4 and 5.  There was still much to be done to engage with households to improve participation whilst also promoting the waste minimisation message of “Love Food Hate waste”, therefore it was proposed that the Council would utilise the support offered by Waste Awareness Wales to implement a Food Waste Communication Project which had two aims:

  • Food waste prevention
  • Improve participation in food waste recycling

The specific food waste campaign was undertaken in the autumn/winter of 2014-15.

 

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 Posted by Good Practice Wales
  11/08/2015   Categories: Engagement Environment and sustainability Waste Awareness Wales WLGA
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Gateway to a brighter future 

How European funding through WCVA’s Engagement Gateway project has helped change lives in Wales
Gateway funding has allowed Cardiff YMCA to provide employability training, volunteering and work opportunities to a further 38 people affected by homelessness.
 Posted by Good Practice Wales
  24/04/2015   Categories: Engagement Gateway WCVA
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Gateway to a brighter future 

How European funding through WCVA’s Engagement Gateway project has helped change lives in Wales
Through Gateway funding, AVOW has supported a further 151 long-term unemployed people in Wrexham.
 Posted by Good Practice Wales
  24/04/2015   Categories: Engagement Gateway WCVA
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Gateway to a brighter future 

How European funding through WCVA’s Engagement Gateway project has helped change lives in Wales
Gateway funding has allowed The Wallich to support a further 39 people affected by homelessness in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend
 Posted by Good Practice Wales
  24/04/2015   Categories: Engagement Gateway WCVA
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