Great News for Recyclers in Llantrisant Area!
Recycling has just got even easier, thanks to the opening of a brand new, first of its kind, Community Recycling Centre (CRC) in Llantrisant.
The new 100% recycling facility is being delivered as part of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s ongoing commitment to continue to increase recycling rates in the County Borough.
Thanks to the opening of this purpose built centre, residents can now benefit from a modern, easy-to-access facility which, unlike other Community Recycling Centres in the County Borough, will only accept material that can be recycled.
Designed by a specialist firm which has delivered similar facilities across Europe, the bespoke recycling centre allows visitors to drive “over” the containers in their vehicles and drop recyclable material into the relevant area.
The impressive facility has now been officially opened by Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Ann Crimmings.
As part of the official opening Councillor Crimmings was treated to a tour of the site, so she could see for herself how the unique facility works.
The bespoke design will now make it easier and more convenient for residents to sort and dispose of recyclable items and its accessible location by Llantrisant Business Park will also benefit visitors.
The new Community Recycling Centre has been built after Rhondda Cynon Taf Council secured funding from the Welsh Government’s Collaborative Change Programme earlier this year.
Cllr Ann Crimmings, said: “We are committed to increasing recycling rates in RCT and continue to support and introduce measures that ensure we, with the support and co-operation of our residents, reach and exceed the recycling targets set for us.
“First and foremost, we are delighted to be able to deliver a new Community Recycling Centre that adds to the range of measures we as a Council have already introduced to support and encourage our residents to recycle as much as possible. These measures also include free weekly dry and food waste recycling collections and nappy recycling.
“We must continue to make recycling as easy and convenient as possible for residents so they can continue to recycle as much as they can, helping us to protect the environment, reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and avoid the large fines that will be imposed on us if we don’t reach the targets set for us.
“But we must also highlight that this new centre is the first and only one of its kind in the UK, placing Rhondda Cynon Taf Council at the forefront in the pursuit of alternative and future recycling facilities once again.
“It has been designed by a specialist firm which has delivered identical recycling facilities in other parts of Europe, which enjoy recycling rates of up to 65 per cent and are internationally-renowned for their environmentally-friendly approach to life.
“We are hoping the introduction of such a facility will support our residents in a similar way and demonstrate our commitment to maintaining a cleaner, greener RCT.”
The Welsh Government’s Collaborative Change Programme is open to all Welsh local authorities and provides specialist advice to help them to make improvements to achieve recycling targets with efficient services, within their financial means.
Last year Wales reached its statutory target of recycling 52% of waste collected and the next recycling target is 58% of waste collected by local authorities in 2015/16.
Recent provisional recycling figures show residents are continuing to support the Council’s recycling drive by recycling over sixty percent of its waste – placing Rhondda Cynon Taf in the top quartile for recycling.
In addition to the new centre in Llantrisant, the Council also boasts five other CRC’s in the following locations across the County Borough:
• Ty Amgen, Llwydcoed CF44 0BX
• Cymmer Road, Dinas CF39 9BL
• Nantygwyddon Road, Gelli CF41 7TL
• North Road, Ferndale CF43 4RS
• Treforest Industrial Estate CF37 5TT
All of these facilities will cater for all recycling needs, including white goods, cardboard, clothing, plastics, light fittings, wood, glass, metal, engine oil, fluorescent tubes, plasterboards, old toys, paint, tyres, old tv’s and lots more. There is also a reuse store so that anything which is reusable can be and this dovetails with the Welsh Government Sector Plans for reuse.
All centres are manned and the attendants are happy to advise residents on recycling and assist or signpost them in disposing of their household material.
All centres are open Monday – Sunday 8:00 to 19:30 from April – October and Monday – Sunday 8:00 to 17:30 from November – March.