Have you ever wondered exactly what is in the household bins and litter bins of Cardiff? Well, probably not but here at City of Cardiff Council, the contents of your bin provides great information to make sure the services we provide, reflect the changing waste habits of the city.
We use a technique called Composition Analysis, where we roll up our sleeves, put on our gloves and literally sort the contents of bins by hand into different categories. Its not a glamorous job but it means that we can see how much of the right stuff is going into the right bin and create specific campaigns to help people recycle more.
If you are concerned about us rooting through your rubbish – don’t be. We contact all residents who these studies may affect before they begin.
Analysis of this kind occurs all over the UK and, helping us in Cardiff is the national sustainability organisation WRAP, which is currently studying the composition of the city’s street litter (from bins and litter picks). This will help us to understand what type of waste we dispose of when we’re out and about and will most likely be the foundation for a campaign to increase our “recycling on the go” in the future!