As the details behind route planning and staff recruitment are finalised, a new partnership comprising the Isle of Anglesey County Council, community enterprise agency Menter Mon, and municipal services provider Verdant is gearing up to divert waste from landfill, improve the island's recycling record and provide opportunities for the local community.
Expected to start in March with an initial roll out of 9,000 properties, the two year Cleanstream kerbside collection service will be aiming to divert 6,000 tonnes of waste in Holyhead and part of North Anglesey.
Residents will be provided with two recycling boxes, one for glass, cans and plastics, the other for paper and textiles, which will be collected each week from their homes. Recycled materials will be sold for reuse and reprocessing and any income earned will be used to support long term sustainability of the project.
The project will use three 7.5 tonne collection vehicles, each with a two man crew. Two vehicles will be operated by Verdant, which already holds the main street and beach cleaning, domestic and trade waste collection and recycling service contract on Anglesey and one by Menter Môn.
According to Roger Edwards, development director of Verdant, this partnership will achieve something significant for Anglesey: "The Cleanstream partnership is a legal agreement that we believe is the first of its kind in Wales to link a local authority, the private sector and the local community. With 90 staff here, we are already a major employer and would like to replicate this extension of our community ethos elsewhere."
The Cleanstream fund has provided £2.65 million to communities throughout Wales and the money had been allocated in two rounds to 17 projects involved in waste re-use, recycling and composting receiving awards ranging from £25,000 to £300,000. The scheme has been managed by Wales Council for Voluntary Action on behalf of the New Opportunities Fund with the support of Cylch - the Wales Community Recycling Network, as well as the Environment Agency Wales and the Welsh Local Government Association.
According to Kelly Thomas, Menter Môn's Cleanstream project leader, Menter Môn secured £550,000 of grant funding to establish a kerbside collection service and a furniture reuse project. The scheme required a partnership approach and the support of the local authority and the kerbside planning has been in progress since October 2004. Prior to the signed legal agreement on October 11, discussions around the development were on going for 12 months.
Menter Môn was established in 1996 by managing director Gerallt Llewelyn Jones, with part of its mission statement being: "Menter Môn's main objective is to make more of the diverse resources we possess. The message is the same - we must add value to our indigenous resources so as to make us competitive in Europe and the world."
Thomas says that the new scheme will enable people in the deprived areas of Holyhead to make their own important contribution to the island's efforts to reduce waste, help the environment and benefit local communities. "The funding accessed by Menter Môn will help deliver a new service to the residents of Holyhead and North Anglesey," she says. "Working in partnership with Verdant and the county council, we will be able to play a signigficant part in boosting recycling and reducing waste, which will have local and island-wide benefits."