Vale depot visit is dream come true for recycling Barry lad
4:20pm Tuesday 26th February 2013 in News
WHEN the Vale council heard about a seven-year-old boy's love of recycling, they made his dream come true when staff invited him to look around one of their depots.
The council’s director of visible services and housing Miles Punter invited Barry boy Lucas Hanman to experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the Alps depot in Wenvoe - where most of the waste management, cleansing and highways vehicles are based.
Lucas was allowed to sit in a recycling lorry, be driven as a VIP guest around the yard and presented with a t-shirt and memento photograph of his tour.
Lucas’ mum Hayley said: “Lucas enthusiastically recycles and loves absolutely anything to do with vehicles, so we were thrilled to be invited on site to see what happens first-hand with the Vale council’s fleet.
“Lucas’ eyes lit up when he was being driven around the yard. He also learned about some of the technology on board, such as the monitors that help to keep pedestrians and loaders safe when the vehicles are in operation.
“Since his visit, Lucas has been chatting about his experience to everyone he knows. We would like to thanks Miles and his team at the Alps for making this happen.”
The short tour also allowed Lucas to help carry out end of round vehicle checks, review CCTV footage at the Alps, operate the barrier at the security lodge with the guard on duty, see the heated gritting vehicle depot, salt store and the garage where the fleet vehicles are maintained.
Miles Punter said: “This year at the Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show, we are looking into the option of taking a recycling vehicle to our stand, so hopefully even more youngsters can experience first-hand what it’s like to sit on-board a vehicle and may be inspired to get involved and recycle at home.”
To find out more about recycling visit the council’s website at www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/recycle telephone 01446 700111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org