The Ospreys are joining Neath Port Talbot’s recycling collectors on their morning run.
The ‘Rubbish Runs’, which are also taking place in Bridgend and Swansea throughout the course of the week, are marking the beginning of the Ospreys 2014/15 season and their commitment to community service.
Early risers in the Baglan area of Neath Port Talbot would have been surprised to see Duncan Jones, Matthew Dwyer, Dan Suter, Aaron Jarvis, Dan Baker and Ross Jones picking up their recycling. Even Ozzie the Osprey got in on the action, meeting up with NPT Council’s new recycling mascot; GreenBob SquareBox.
The Ospreys were working with the crews of the recently launched Recycle+ scheme; Neath Port Talbot’s new recycling system, which is part of the council’s work to increase recycling rates in the county borough.
Residents on the Recycle+ scheme who were on today’s Ospreys Rubbish Run will now recycle using a new reusable bag for storing five types of materials along with a box each for glass and for textiles and paper.
The new service means that plastic collections are now able to take place on a weekly basis and residents will be able to recycle more materials from the kerbside, such as batteries.
Hanno Dirksen, winger for the Ospreys, who took part in this morning’s activity said: “Although it was a really early start for us, it’s been a great experience going out with the refuse team and spending a morning in their shoes. It’s a tough job and I hope that we’ve been more of a help than a hindrance to them.
“We rely on the support of the local community throughout the season so it was out pleasure to give something back today. We hope that we can do our fans proud this season and we want to thank them for their loyalty.”
Council Leader, Cllr. Ali Thomas said, “We were delighted to welcome the Ospreys players to lend a helping hand on our new Recycle+ collection service.
“We’re working hard to increase the percentage of waste that’s recycled in Neath Port Talbot so our thanks go to the Ospreys for helping us to promote our new and improved recycling service to our residents.”
Season Memberships for the 2014/15 season are now on sale and can be purchased directly from the Ospreys website – www.ospreysrugby.com. For more information text PROUD to 88802.