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Cutting Down On 'Contaminated' Waste

Cutting Down On 'Contaminated' Waste

AberdareOnline: Never had sight of coloured recycling bags?

“This service is only available to registered customers. For more information, or to join this service, call the Council’s Customer Care team on 01443 425001 or email recycling@rhonddacynontaf.gov.uk”

Why do you need to be registered customers we all pay council tax?

RCTC press release below

The Council continues to support its residents with its kerbside recycling service

During Recycle Week (June 16-20) Rhondda Cynon Taf Council announces some minor changes to its weekly kerbside recycling service.

In a bid to cut down on ‘Contaminated Waste’ the Council is promoting an awareness campaign to encourage residents to put correct items into the appropriate recycling bags. From now on, Contaminated recycling will not be collected.

The Council will instead be placing warning stickers onto the bags, informing householders why their recycling has not been collected.

Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport, said: “Most residents are continuing to recycle more and more, and together we have avoided pouring thousands of tonnes of waste into landfill sites.

“Householders now realise we all have a vital role to play in keeping our County Borough waste-free, by recycling as much as we possibly can.

“Rhondda Cynon Taf Council continues to support people and is encouraging residents to keep up the good work. It is now down to the ‘fine tuning’ of how good we are at our recycling, which means making sure we put the correct recycling in the right places.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the large majority of our residents who already take great pride in recycling correctly. This helps to keep costs down as landfill will always be more expensive.”

What is Contaminated Recycling?

Contaminated recycling are items that, for various reasons, cannot be recycled by the Council’s processor and end up being sent to landfill. Figures released by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) show that 20% of household recycling is contaminated.

‘I’ve received a sticker, what do I need to do?’

‘It’s Contaminated’ means that residents may have put unrecyclable such as food and nappies into the recycling bag. If the Council’s collection crews spot that recycling is contaminated (unrecyclable items in the bags), then they will place an official stickers onto the bag and it will NOT be collected.

If one of these stickers is put on your recycling bags, the Council advice is to retrieve your bag and sort it correctly, as per the Council’s recycling guidelines.

Once sorted, place recycling bags at the regular collection point by 7am on your normal collection day. You can also take dry recycling to your local Community Recycling Centre (not food or nappies).

How do I recycle correctly?

A list of materials that should be placed into individual bags is stated on your clear recycling bags or summarised as follows.

Dry Recycling (Clear Bags)

Newspapers, magazines, junk mail, paper
Glass bottles and containers
Metal tins and cans
Plastic bottles and containers
Polystyrene
Please remember:

Put all paper materials in an individual bag.

Wash all cans, bottles and containers and place in a bag with glass, cans and plastic

Used paper and cardboard food containers (e.g. pizza boxes, cream cakes, chip paper etc) should be placed in food waste liners (see below).

Green Waste (Clear Bags)

Grass and hedge cuttings
Leaves
Please remember:

Put all garden waste in an individual bag

Food Waste (Small or Large Food Bin Liners)

Food leftovers including meat and fish scraps

Pet food

Used paper and cardboard food containers (e.g. pizza boxes, cream cakes, chip paper etc)

Batteries (Orange Bags)

All household batteries
Please remember:

For collection, put the orange battery bag inside your clear bag that contains your plastic and cans etc.

Nappies (Purple Bags)

Nappies
Incontinent Products
Please remember:

This service is only available to registered customers. For more information, or to join this service, call the Council’s Customer Care team on 01443 425001 or email recycling@rhondda-cynon-taf.gov.uk

Recycling bags are available free-of-charge from many locations throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf. Visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk for all the distribution points.

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