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Love Where You Live 2015

Are you an avid recycler? Do you champion the green fight across Rhondda Cynon Taf? Maybe you help ensure that your street or town is litter free? Or do you know somebody who does?

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is calling for its “green” residents to come forward and receive the recognition they deserve for helping to keep our County Borough a safe, clean and environmentally friendly place to live, work and visit.  

Every year Rhondda Cynon Taf Council hosts its annual Love Where You Live awards which aim to recognise and reward those individuals, groups and schools that go above and beyond to show just how much they care.

After all, loving where you live is not a new idea. But it could be a new way to think about how we tackle litter, recycling and reducing what we throw away.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council needs all its residents to Love Where They Live and join the fight against waste in order to keep our County Borough a clean, green place for all to enjoy.

It is proud of the effort so many people, from all walks of life go to in order to create and protect eco-friendly households, streets, neighbourhoods and communities.

From ensuring they recycle as much material as possible, to raising awareness of environmental issues in the community, volunteering and even clearing litter left behind by others, people are making a difference and Loving Where They Live in so many different ways.

By taking small steps and loving where we live anyone can bring the idea of a tidier Rhondda Cynon Taf to live, whether they’re an individual or a community group.

Because the truth is, we all live in places that have something lovely about them. And if we work together we can make sure everyone gets to enjoy them.

The Love Where You Live 2015 awards will be held to celebrate and highlight the excellent work that is taking place by individuals, community groups and Streetcare staff to make Rhondda Cynon Taf a cleaner, greener, County Borough.

You can now nominate your 2015 eco-heroes for Love Where You Live.

There are 9 categories for the competition and there is no limit on the amount of different categories each applicant enters.

  • Community Environmental Champion
  • Most Innovative Environmental Project
  • Best School Environmental Initiative
  • Best Kept Community/Community Project
  • Best Environmental Partnership Initiative
  • Best Environmental Service Team of the Year
  • School Environmental Champion (Pupil)
  • School Environmental Champion (Teacher)
  • Local Authority Environmental Champion

Entering the Love Where You Live Awards is simple; you just need to fill out a short entry form that must be submitted by 31st March 2015. Applications will be placed before an independent panel of judges. The chosen finalists will be visited during May before the overall winner of each category is decided.

The awards now in its seventh year happen every June in the County Borough. But the Council wants you to start thinking of possible nominees already so plenty of applications can be received.

Councillor Ann CrimmingsCabinet Member for Environment, Leisure & Sport, said: “Annually the Love Where You Live Awards have grown to become one of the highlights of the Rhondda Cynon Taf calendar as it involves so many different sections of the community who are committed to improving the local environment for the benefit of everyone.

“The entire concept, which was the brainchild of our Streetcare Team, has long-since been recognised as a positive, and even pioneering, approach to educating and inspiring the general public to assist us in improving their community.

“This is our opportunity to not only congratulate them on their achievements, but encourage others to follow suit. By working together we can make Rhondda Cynon Taf an even cleaner and greener place to live, work and visit.”

Further information and application packs are available online at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/awards or alternatively by contacting the Streetcare team on 01443 827700 or email LoveWhereYouLive@rctcbc.gov.uk

Once completed, application forms should arrive no later than Tuesday 31st March to Love Where You Live, Streetcare Services, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Ty Glantaf, Unit B23, Taffs Fall Road, Treforest Industrial Estate, CF37 5TT.