In 2017 the Wales Airshow attracted 250,000 visitors to Swansea to watch the wonderful air displays over the bay. To help make the air show more sustainable, advice was sought from the recycling team and the following factors were taken into consideration.
Recycling at the Airshow
- 1500 kg of rubbish was recycled after the air show in 2013.
- The majority of rubbish collected is hand sorted at our bailing plant to ensure the maximum amount of waste is recycled.
- As part of the tender process, all catering stands are asked to use only recycled packaging.
- Traders are given recycling bags and advice on how to sort out the waste. The litter crews also patrol the stands and collect recycling bags, taking them back to recycling points.
- There will be two main recycling points at the air show marked by giant recycling flags and signage.
- Members of the council’s recycling team will be on hand to help you place the rubbish in the correct bins.
- You can find the recycling points by looking at the information boards on site, on the map or visit the information points.
- Litter pickers will patrol the prom area and the rubbish collected will also be sorted later for recycling.
- Heart radio station will do live links from the air show and these links will be used to promote recycling, car sharing and Park and Ride, as will the commentary on-site.
RECOUP – Flying the Recycling Flag
At the Wales Airshow RECOUP, with the help of volunteers, will be collecting post-consumer polystyrene cups, trays and plastic drinks bottles for recycling and there will be several marked recycling points.
RECOUP is working with us to have the food waste composted, recovered plastic bottles will be recycled into new bottles and the recovered polystyrene into thermal flooring blocks.
250,000 visitors are expected at the event so this is a great opportunity to showcase that on-the-go plastic packaging can be collected, recycled and given another life.
If you’d like to be a part of this, you can volunteer with RECOUP. As a volunteer you will assist with litter picking and collecting specific items for collecting from the natural environment. If you’re interested, you can register here.
RECycling Of Used Plastics Limited (RECOUP) is a registered charity and not-for-profit member based organisation. RECOUP works in collaboration with all stakeholders to promote, develop, stimulate and increase the levels of plastics recycling within the UK. You can find out more about the great work they do here.
Fairtrade And Local Produce
The tendering process for caterers scores in favour of traders who use Fairtrade products and locally grown / Welsh produce where possible.
Traffic And Parking
The event traffic management plan encourages use of Park and Ride, car sharing and alternative forms of transport where possible.
The council is undertaking the planting of additional trees and shrubs throughout the city.
The military aircraft which take part in the display do so as part of their normal training regime, as pilots have to complete a certain number of flying hours each year.
All contractors are asked to support the sustainable objectives of our event, which are:
- To provide tangible value to the local and wider community from the events
- To maximise energy efficiency in the delivery of the events
- To maximise the proportion of energy from renewable sources in the delivery of the events
- To maximise waste reduction, recycling, reuse and recovery from the events
- To use and promote sustainable modes of transport where possible at events
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