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Residents support Council to recycle even more of its waste

Provisional recycling figures show residents in Rhondda Cynon Taf have supported the Council to recycle over sixty percent of its waste. The continued improvements made by the Council now mean local recycling performance is in the top quartile for Wales.

The County’s environmentally-friendly residents have assisted the Council to collect over 17764.31 tonnes of recyclable waste over the last 3 months.

The amount is one of the highest percentage increases in Wales – with Rhondda Cynon Taf increasing its overall recycling figure by 7% placing the Council firmly within the top 10 performing local authorities in the whole of Wales for this period.  

This increase in overall recycling, reuse and composting (food waste) is a direct result of not only the commitment of residents, but their ability to support the Council as it makes important changes and invests to improve the services that are available.

County Borough Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Councilsaid:

“Our continued improvement in recycling performance demonstrates the priority we give to improving our local environment.

“The food waste recycling scheme has been well received across the County Borough and now accounts for over 7% of what is collected every quarter.

“To collect 177764.31 tonnes of recyclable material from households is incredibly positive. Together we have avoided pouring thousands of tonnes of waste into landfill sites and demonstrates how the communities of Rhondda Cynon Taf are playing their part to recycle more waste.

“Rhondda Cynon Taf Council continues to encourage and support people to proactively recycle by running an accessible and innovative recycling service, complemented by ongoing public education and awareness-raising. Our continued investment in Community Recycling Facilities such as the soon to be opened facility in Llantrisant is making an important contribution to us meeting our recycling targets.

“We will continue to improve the services available to assist residents to recycling to extend our performance further.

“Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Street Care team have been working tirelessly to increase our recycling figures and I would like to recognise the hard work of our staff in this service area. 

"Their hard work, alongside the commitment of residents, has helped the County Borough to be as clean and green as possible, whilst importantly ensuring that the Council avoids the potential of large fines from the Welsh Government. Rhondda Cynon Taf Council provides a FREE weekly general, food, nappy and green recycling collection service to over 100,000 properties – this takes 169 employees and 78 vehicles."


In addition to the Council’s kerbside recycling services the Council also boasts five dedicated Community Recycling Centres.

These are based 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 will also be a reuse store so that anything which is reusable can be and this will dovetail into the Welsh Government Sector Plans for reuse. 

All five centres are manned and the attendants are happy to advise residents on recycling and assist them in disposing of their household material. 

The centres are open Monday – Sunday 8:00 to 19:30 from April – October and Monday – Sunday 8:00 to 17:30 from November – March.

Residents are reminded to please clean all items and remove all bottle tops and lids before placing items in to the clear recycling bags for kerbside collection.

From January 2015 green waste has been collected by a separate vehicle, but still takes place on the same day as food and dry recycling collections. This is being carried out to help reduce contamination of garden/green waste.

If we accidently miss your garden waste, please contact the Council on 01443 425001 or emailrecycling@rctcbc.gov.uk and a new collection time/date will be agreed.

There are over 180 recycling bag collection points across the County Borough, where residents can collect food and clear recycling bags FREE of change – www.rctcbc.gov.uk/recyclingbags.

For further information on recycling visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/recycling call 01443 425001 or emailrecycling@rctcbc.gov.uk