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Residents Embrace "Too Many Black Bags" Campaign!

Residents across Rhondda Cynon Taf are embracing the new “too many black bags” campaign, with NO fines being issued for additional side waste so far!

The Council launched its “Too Many Black Bags, Recycle or Face a Fine!” campaign earlier this year.

The new changes that were introduced meant that the number of black bags (side waste) that will be collected has been reduced –

If you have a big wheelie bin (240litre) you will not be allowed any additional black bags and your bin lid must close,
If you have a small wheelie bin (120litre) you are allowed one additional black bag,
If you are a Rhondda resident or do not have a wheelie bin you can put out four black bags.
Anything in addition to these could see residents face a fine of up to £75!

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is pleased to report that as a result of the changes, black bag waste has reduced by over 30%. Its provisional second quarter data also indicates that it is set to meet Welsh Government recycling targets of over 52%. This showcases what residents can do when they reduce what they throw into their black bags and increase what they recycle in their clear bags.

Whilst it is good news in the majority of cases, some residents are still placing out the occasional, additional side waste – these residents are advised that if they continue to do this they could receive a £75 fine and/or a visit from the Council’s Enforcement and Awareness Officers.

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure & Sport, said: “It is vital that we all recycle as much as we possibly can and there is absolutely no excuse not to get involved - the Council offers a free, weekly kerbside recycling service for dry recycling, food waste, garden waste and nappies.

“We are committed to doing all we can to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and the changes to black bag waste are not affecting our recycling residents. If you don’t currently recycle, you will need to get involved as soon as possible or you could receive a fine. As always a fine would be the last resort for the Council and we encourage anyone who thinks they may face difficulties to contact us as soon as possible, so that we can help them with waste management. However we are absolutely delighted that so far the majority of residents have taken up the recycling challenge and no fines have been issued to date.

“We want to succeed in partnership with our communities to meet the recycling targets set by the Welsh Government and as the provisional quarter 2 data shows we are now on target to do this. This is vitally important because if we don’t meet these targets for 2014/15 the Council itself could receive a fine, which would mean less money for vital frontline services – time really is running out and together we must tackle recycling!”

For more information and assistance on dealing with your waste or to join any of the recycling services available, call 01443 425001, visit, email

The Council boast over 180 recycling bag distribution points across the County Borough to find out where your nearest recycling bag collection point is visit