The capital of Wales is the proud owner of four new benches made of recycled plastic waste collected from the Cardiff stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race earlier this summer. Over 280 kilograms of plastic film were collected and recycled during the event.
The Volvo Ocean Race is an internationally elite sailing event that aims to raise awareness and take action against plastic pollution.
As part of this year’s stopover in Cardiff, local authorities partnered with the recycling organization RPC bpi recycled products, the largest polythene film recycler in Europe, and Eventclean, a waste management company that collects and sorts event waste, to unveil an innovative seating solution.
During the race, over 280 kilograms of plastic film were collected and taken to RPC bpi recycled products’ facility in South Wales, where they were then sorted, washed and made into plastic pellets ready for re-manufacture into second-life products, including four new Plaswood benches.
The benches are now installed along the Cardiff waterfront near a children’s play area and feature a bilingual engraving: “Made from plastic film collected at the Volvo Ocean Race Cardiff Stopover.”
According to Cardiff Council, plastic film can be difficult to recycle via normal streams as it is often rejected by standard municipal waste sorting facilities.
“These benches represent best practice for recycling and show Cardiff’s commitment to support the fight against single-use plastic,” said local councillor Michael Michael.
According to Hannah Blythyn, the Welsh government minister for the environment, Wales is the top region in the UK for recycling and one of the best in the world. Earlier this year she approved over £7.5 million to help local authorities continue to improve recycling services.