Blaenau Gwent scheme finds use for unwanted tyres
2:41pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A PROJECT in Blaenau Gwent is finding new ways of turning unwanted tyres into environmentally friendly flower pots.
More than 100 tyres have been recycled as cost-effective and creative planters as part of the Blaenau Gwent Automotive Programme’s Tyre Planter project, running as part of the automotive course at the centre.
Some components within tyres require alternative methods of environmentally friendly disposal, which can often lead to them being dumped in landfills and fly-tipping.
The project teaches learners about how tyres are made, how to remove and replace them, as well as developing creative solutions on how these tyres can be recycled and re-used rather than dumped.
It has involved schools throughout the borough including Year 10 and 11 pupils from Abertillery, Brynmawr, Ebbw Fawr Learning Community and Tredegar, who have designed and produced planters to be used in local primary schools and community facilities across the borough.
The tyres are in demand at the schools that are using them in biodiversity projects and encouraging pupils to participate in growing their own plants and recycling, which also assists in reducing the number of tyres that are dumped or sent to landfill.
Nadine Morgan, biodiversity officer at the Blaenau Gwent Training Centre, said: “The tyre project has been great practical experience in helping the pupils to understand that the changes of attitude in the automotive trade can make a difference to the environment, as well as giving them pride in their work, in particular when they take the planters they have made to primary schools they attended in their local community.”
Carole Williams, from Georgetown Primary School in Tredegar, said: “We would like to thank the school for the very colourful tyre planters, they look wonderful on our yard.”
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